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NASA Launches 1.5 Million Dollar Green Flight Challenge
Posted By Jorge Chapa On August 4, 2009 @ 5:30 pm In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 2 Comments
The next frontier in green transportation is bound to be flight travel , which is why it is not surprising to see that NASA  just announced the Green Flight Challenge . The competition will be awarding a prize of $1.5 million to the first plane to achieve 100 miles per hour, for 200 miles. That may not sound that impressive until you realize that the plane must achieve an efficiency of 200 passenger miles per gallon – not an easy feat!
The competition, which is sponsored by NASA  and the Comparative Aircraft Efficiency Foundation , runs through 2011 and the results will be held at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa. The challenge is expected to promote mechanical, electrical, and even aerodynamic advances. And it will definitely be one to keep an eye out for, as a number of experimental vehicles  are expected to show up to try and win the prize.
Who will win? No guesses yet, but we will definitely let you know and keep you updated on any entrants.
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Lead image of the Solar Impulse airplane 
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URLs in this post:
 flight travel: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/16/transportation-tuesday-worlds-first-biodiesel-jet/
 NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/
 Green Flight Challenge: http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-31-2009/0005069847&EDATE=
 Comparative Aircraft Efficiency Foundation: http://www.cafefoundation.org/
 experimental vehicles: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/29/transportation-tuesday-the-hy-bird/
 Solar Impulse airplane: http://www.solarimpulse.com/
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