NASA and Industry Electrify Commercial Aviation

NASA’s STARC-ABL Aircraft Grapic
NASA’s STARC-ABL concept hybrid-electric propulsion aircraft. (NASA)

NASA and U.S. industry are exploring electrified aircraft propulsion as a fuel- and- cost-efficient alternative to traditional jet engine-powered airplanes. But to make electric commercial flight possible, the aircraft must be able to produce and operate safely with at least a megawatt (MW) of power.

An electric single-aisle passenger aircraft like NASA’s STARC-ABL concept would require 2.4 MW of power – enough to run 2,000 homes. So, NASA and GE are partnering to accelerate the development of next-generation power inverters.