Engineering Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing a newly funded project from NASA, on a new hybrid aircraft.
Above,artist’s rendering of the advanced commercial transport aircraft concept utilizing CHEETA systems. Image credit University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Aerospace
The engineers have been given $6million, to create in three years the tech which could revolutionise the way airliners are flying today.
Instead of using fossil fuels, the aircraft will carry cryogenically-liquified hydrogen fuel, that will be converted to electrical power.
If the new system will be successful, electric planes could revolutionise the aviation industry.
A fully electric aircraft platform that uses cryogenic liquid hydrogen as an energy storage method. Image credit University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Aerospace Engineering