NASA Awards Contract to GE Aerospace for Hydrogen Engine Development
UNITED STATES - NASA awarded GE Aerospace a contract for Phase 2 of the Hybrid Thermally Efficient Core (HyTEC) program, which supports continued technology development for the next generation of commercial aircraft engines with the goal of significantly improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
GE Aerospace said that the new contract builds on work completed on HyTEC Phase 1 for advanced aerodynamics of the high-pressure compressor and high-pressure turbine, as well as the combustor.
"We are grateful and proud to collaborate with NASA to invent the future of flight. With the HyTEC program, GE Aerospace seeks to further advance core aircraft engine technologies beyond our current industry-leading propulsion systems to achieve a once-in-a-generation improvement in fuel efficiency," said Mohamed Ali, vice president of engineering at GE Aerospace.
Phase 2 will mature the technologies for a core demonstration test later this decade. Testing will also be expanded to include a 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) combustion evaluation.
GE Aerospace reported that it will continue to advance technology for hybrid electric system engine integration. Hybrid electric testing under HyTEC Phase 2 builds on GE Aerospace's ongoing efforts to further develop electric engines, including NASA's previously award-winning turbofan engine power extraction demonstration under HyTEC Phase 1.
GE Aerospace and NASA have been partners for more than 50 years, with the goal of seeking to accelerate the introduction of new innovations in the aviation industry.