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Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy Competition

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Through its Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy (aka: Blue Skies) competition, NASA seeks to investigate alternate aviation energy sources that, if developed, could be part of the solution to aviation's climate impacts. The collegiate-level competition asks teams of 2-6 undergraduate/graduate students to conceptualize the source-to-flight lifecycle of one potential clean energy source of the 2050s, in terms of feasibility, viability, and climate impact.

The 2050s aviation landscape will incorporate new technologies and designs that enable new aircraft to fly safer, faster, cleaner, and quieter. This future landscape includes the use of alternative energy sources to reduce climate impacts caused by aviation. These alternative sources could include a myriad of viable options beyond those popularly researched (e.g., fully electric, liquid and gaseous pure hydrogen, the hydrogen fuel carrier, and liquid ammonia). NASA is particularly interested in energy sources that are currently less explored.

Based on a review of proposal submissions, up to 8 finalist teams will be selected to receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate full participation in the annual Blue Skies Forum at a NASA Center in June. As the challenge prize, NASA is offering 6 internship opportunities within its Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate!

Please visit our website for more information and how to apply! The Gateways to Blue Skies competition is open to full-time or part-time undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited U.S.-based community college, college, or university. Teams may include senior capstone students, clubs, multi-university teams, and/or multi-disciplinary teams. Multi-disciplinary teams and teams from Minority Serving Institutions are highly encouraged to apply!

Participating Institution(s):
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NASA (Lead)
National Institute of Aerospace (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aerospace Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Operations Research
STEM Fields
Transportation Systems
Urban Planning & Design

Aviation & Avionics
Climate Change
Emerging Technology
Engineered Environments
Green Energy
Mechanical Engineering
Sustainable Development
Sustainable Engineering
Transportation Technology & Planning
Urban Environmental Sustainability

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This program is funded by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Page last updated 3/13/2023
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