NASA awards new engine research contracts

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NASA has awarded new research contracts to powerplant manufacturers focusing on air-breathing engine technologies to support research activities at the agency's Glenn Research Centre in Cleveland, Ohio.

The recipients are GE Aviation, Honeywell, United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, Rolls-Royce North America, Liberty Works and Williams International.

Each contract is structured as an indefinite delivery and quantity agreement with a fixed price, cost share and cost reimbursement with a maximum value of $125 million over the next five years.

NASA explains the work performed by the contract winners will support development and demonstration of advanced turbine engine technologies to reduce emissions, noise and fuel burn and enhance safety.

Ten disciplines covered under the agreements are concept development and systems studies, high power density engine turbomachinery, advanced combustors and alternative fuels, low noise propulsion technologies, inlets and nozzles, variable and hybrid engine systems, integrated component technology demonstrations, engine icing, materials and structures, and instrumentation, controls and communication.