NASA Hosts Green Aviation Summit

NASAOver the course of the two-day event through today, at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett, California, The 2010 Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Green Aviation Summit will have discussed green aviation, NASA Aeronautics' research and development and emerging technologies to minimize aviation's impact on the environment.

Speaking Wednesday, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. said the increase in air traffic is harming the United States' aviation infrastructure, as well as the environment. Changes in aircraft and design, he said, would maintain and improve safety and efficiency, which NASA plans to faciliate to manufacturers, airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration.

At the summit, NASA presents its work designed to make air transportation cleaner and quieter and decrease the amount of delays for travelers. Summit participants share their work on airlines that will be designed and built with super-efficient engines and lightweight, damage-tolerant materials to increase lift, reduce drag, and deflect noise, potential alternative fuels and power technologies, and cockpits with computer software and satellite-based navigation and communication systems to assist decision-making by pilots.

This event has attracted 200 experts from NASA other federal government organizations, industry and academia. Keynote presentations by policymakers addressed technologies that can reduce aircraft noise, emissions and fuel consumption and ensure the safe and manageable growth of the aviation system.