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Pipistrel USA, Taurus G4 aircraft is seen as it participates in the miles per gallon flight.

NASA Awards Historic Green Aviation Prize

NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history, inspiring more fuel-efficient aircraft and the start of a new electric airplane industry.

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CAFE Foundation Hanger Boss Mike Fenn waves the speed competition checkered flag for the PhoEnix aircraft during the 2011 Green Flight Challenge.

Green Flight Challenge: The Need for Speed

On the last day of the Green Flight Challenge, the aviation teams feel a need for speed.

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Campus of the 2011 Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google, is seen in this aerial view at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif.

A Day for Recharging: Green Flight Challenge Continues

Green Flight Challenge teams spent Day Three recharging their electric aircraft batteries in preparation for the Sept. 30 speed challenge.

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The PhoEnix aircraft soars across the finish line of the miles per gallon flight.

Like Birds in the Sky

Planes competing in the Green Flight Challenge flew like birds to test the fuel efficiency of their aircraft.

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Day One of the Green Flight Challenge collage

Teams Fly Over Competition Hurdles

The Green Flight Challenge has taken off, and the competition is pushing the envelope in aviation technology.

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The Seraph, an experimental technology demonstrator aircraft that will be exhibited at the Green Flight Challenge.

Green Skies Over Santa Rosa

U.S. teams are preparing to test electric, biofueled and hybrid-powered aircraft, vying to be the most fuel-efficient small aircraft in the world.

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Aerial view seen from the Taurus G4 aircraft, developed by Pipistrel USA.

NASA Chat: Green Flight Challenge!

The "wild blue yonder" is about to get a color change. On Sept. 15, chat experts Sam Ortega and Mark Moore discussed Green Flight Challenge.

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Green Flight Challenge: At the Competition

Overview: What is the Green Flight Challenge?

    The CAFE Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google will be held at the CAFE Foundation Flight Test Center at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif. The awards ceremony and exposition of the competing aircraft will be held Oct. 3, 2011 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

    The Expo will consist of static displays of the aircraft that participated in the challenge; exhibits of green transportation technology companies, aircraft companies, other green companies and NASA displays; fly-bys of participating aircraft; and an awards ceremony to recognize the winners of the challenge.

    The Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google (GFC) was announced at AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wis., on July 31, 2009. The flight competition focuses on efficiency. The aircraft need to meet stringent safety and noise requirements as well as reasonable speed and range. The driving requirement will be to exceed an equivalent fuel-efficiency of 200 passenger miles per gallon. The GFC marks the first time in history that full-scale electric-powered aircraft will fly in competition. To compute the equivalence, the energy content of the electricity or fuel will be compared to one gallon of gasoline.

    Click here for more information on NASA's Green Flight Challenge!

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Media Contacts

    For NASA media support regarding the Green Flight Challenge in Santa Rosa, Calif., from Sept. 25 - Oct. 3, 2011, please contact:

    Dave Steitz
    NASA Headquarters
    Phone: 202-358-1730

    Janet Anderson
    Marshall Space Flight Center
    Phone: 256-724-0314