A dose of reality on electric propulsion as a means to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint has been delivered by a panel of experts assembled by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Brought together at the behest of NASA to provide guidance on prioritizing the agency’s research into reducing carbon emissions from commercial aviation by the 2050s, the learned group has recommended a greater focus on four main areas: propulsion-airframe integration, gas turbines, sustainable ...

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