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Aeronautics Research for the Benefit of All

NASA’s Glenn Research Center is Cleveland is conducting revolutionary aeronautics research to help the nation achieve its climate change goals. Glenn also is exploring next-generation supersonic and hypersonic aircraft. Every U.S. aircraft has Glenn technology on board, making flight cleaner, safer, and quieter.

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Glenn Research Center Hangar at Sunrise

Electrified Aircraft Propulsion

Glenn is leading the development of electrified aircraft propulsion to make the next generation of single-aisle passenger planes cleaner and more fuel efficient.

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A NASA employee inspecting an engine.
NASA research lab mechanic Sage Amato inspects hybrid-electric motor components in the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed at NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio in Oct. 2021, as part of a partnership with GE Aviation.
Credits: NASA

Advanced Air Mobility

Glenn supports the NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) mission’s plan to map out a safe, accessible, and affordable new air transportation system alongside industry and community partners and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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PC-12 Aircraft is seen on the runway outside of NASA Glenn's aircraft hangar.

Acoustics Research

Glenn performs experimental and analytical research to reduce community noise caused by subsonic, supersonic, and advanced air mobility vehicles. 

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The Moog SureFly aircraft hovers above Cincinnati Municipal Airport during an acoustic hover test.
Researchers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland traveled to Cincinnati Municipal Airport– Lunken Field, where they acquired noise data as the Moog SureFly vehicle hovered over an array of 28 ground-level microphones.
Credits: NASA

Engine and Airframe Icing Research

Most ice protection technologies in use on aircraft today were developed at Glenn. NASA began studying how ice accumulation on planes effects flight in 1944 with the completion of Glenn’s Icing Research Tunnel – the longest running and second largest icing facility in the world.

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Curtis Flack (left) and Paul von Hardenberg inspecting the ice that formed on the proprotor model.

Hybrid Thermally Efficient Core (HyTEC) Turbine Engine

Glenn is working to create a more fuel-efficient jet engine core to save fuel and lower the environmental impact of commercial flight.

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Technical rendering and cutaway view of mechanical turbofan jet with multiple layers of fan blades and other metal components.
Component-level combustor research, design, and testing enables future, more sustainable small-core turbofan engines.
Credits: NASA