January 6, 2016

YOUR NEXT PLANE WILL BE A VOLT:

NASA IS MAKING PROGRESS TOWARD HYBRID-POWERED AIRPLANES (Mary Beth Griggs, 1/06/16, Popular Science)

"These systems use electric motors and generators that work together with turbine engines to distribute power throughout the aircraft in order to reduce drag for a given amount of fuel burned," Amy Jankovsky, a NASA engineer said. "Part of our research is developing the lightweight machinery and electrical systems that will be required to make these systems possible."

The researchers think that these advances could make flying up to 30 percent more fuel efficient. Considering that commercial airlines in the United States used over 8.9 billion gallons of fuel last year, that's a huge chunk of gas saved, and a large reduction in carbon emissions.

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