This Week at NASA: Innovation in Aviation and More


This Week at NASA: Innovation in Aviation and More.

On June 17, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden gave the keynote address at the Aviation 2016 conference in Washington.

The speech entitled "Concept to Reality - Our Journey to Transforming Aviation," focused on NASA Aeronautics New Aviation Horizons, a 10-year research plan based on the president's Fiscal Year 2017 budget request. The plan includes developing, manufacturing and flight-testing several experimental aircraft or X-planes. During his address, Bolden also highlighted the agency's first X-plane designation in a decade. The X-57, nicknamed "Maxwell," is an experimental airplane with propellers powered by 14 electric motors. The five-day conference also featured details on a set of roadmaps created by the agency to guide research in finding solutions for safe, efficient growth in global aviation operations; innovation in commercial supersonic aircraft and ultra-efficient commercial vehicles; transitioning to low-carbon propulsion; real-time, system-wide safety assurance; and assured autonomy for aviation transformation. Also, Juno's Mission to Jupiter, Cygnus Departs ISS, New Commander Aboard the Space Station, and Engaging Women and Girls in STEM.

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.