electric airplane green aviation prize by NASA
electric airplane green aviation prize by NASA electric airplane green aviation prize by NASA
oct 06, 2011

electric airplane green aviation prize by NASA

first place of the 2011 ‘green aviation prize’ for fuel-efficient and electric aircraft has been awarded to a plane by pipistrel and penn state university

NASA has just awarded the ‘green aviation prize’ for fuel-efficient and electric aircraft, based on the results of their green flight challenge, managed in collaboration with the comparative aircraft flight efficiency (CAFE) foundation and sponsored by google. participating aircraft needed to fly 200 miles in under two hours, utilizing less than a single gallon of fuel (or equivalent) per passenger. although fourteen teams registered for the competition, only four competed in the california-based event.

the winner of this year’s 1.35 million USD first-place award is the ‘taurus g-4’ by pipistrel (who has also won the 2009 and 2010 awards) in collaboration with penn state university. the team plans to invest some of the money into the creation of a supersonic electric aircraft.

second prize goes to the ‘e-genius‘, developed at the university of stuttgart, which was also the quietest of the competing planes, recording only about 60 decibels of noise at takeoff (about the level of normal conversation).

both highly fuel efficient, the ‘taurus g-4’ achieved 403.5 passenger miles per gallon of fuel, with the ‘e-genius’ obtaining 375.8 PMPG.

news coverage by CAFE foundation of the test flight day of the green flight challenge

the winning model, the ‘taurus g-4’, takes off

closer view of the ‘g-4’

the ‘g-4’ as seen from below

aerial view of the planes on exhibition on moffett field in california, home of the NASA ames research center; from lower left to upper right: ‘phoenix’, ‘ecoeagle’, ‘taurus g4’, ‘e-genius’

view of the ‘ecoeagle’ (left) as it passes a conventional grumman albatross plane (right)

the ‘ecoeagle’, by embry-riddle aeronautical university, takes off

the ‘phoenix’, by phoenix air, in flight

tine tomazic of pipistrel discusses the design and specifications of the ‘g-4’

  • Go on Slovenia!!!!

    binbox says:
  • hm … in the text neither with a word mentioned slovenia … gives impressin that’s a pure usa product … & inferiority complex

    ardesmida says:
  • http://pipistrel-usa.com/thecompany/thecompany.html

    No inferiority complex on bin’s part – a little patriotic pride maybe. Why do so many people resort so quickly to posting generalising, arrogant and racist comments on here?

    Lombax says:
  • @lom – sorry, my quick post wasn’t clear enough; my comment, particularly on inferiority complex , did not relate to bin, but to deficient / prejudiced writer’s article; i presume you’ve noticed other news (abt. architecture, design, etc.) to be much more defined, therefore seemed to me the omission to mention slovenia intentional

    ardesmida says:
  • to ardesmida an unreserved apology as I did read your post wrong. I’m just a little jaded from reading too many inane jingoistic comments in here and interpreted your remarks incorrectly.

    Lombax says:

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