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General Atomics gets $46M Navy award to build large prototype motor
TEST MOTOR: The Office of Naval Research awarded General Atomics of San Diego a $46 million contract for detail design, fabrication and factory testing of a full-scale superconducting, direct current, homopolar motor for ship propulsion, the company said Feb. 24. GA will deliver a 36.5-megawatt, 120-rpm prototype motor, motor drive and support equipment for full-performance testing by the Navy. The system is designed to propel large vessels, such as destroyers, now in development.