NASA wants to fly “all-electric” with LH2 and superconductivity

NASA is providing three student research teams from different universities with around 6 million dollars over three years to develop alternative propulsion systems for aircrafts. As published in May 2019 University of Illinois is leading the project to develop a novel approach for all-electric aviation. The team is investigating the use of LH2, fuel cells and superconducting motors cooled by LH2.

Within the framework of the program, the students relied on various scientific and non-scientific collaborations, including with the Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft (CHEETA).


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