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NASA has tapped the FAMU-FSU Engineering School to help make flying more sustainable

The side of a plane and its engine and shown in front of an orangey sunset sky.
Ramon Kagie

NASA has chosen the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering to lead a project exploring sustainable air travel. It is a five-year, $10-million project.

Louis Cattafesta is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the college. He says the goal is to develop a hybrid electric power system that reduces aviation emissions.

He says he's excited about "bringing a team together across different disciplines to work on the aviation industry and have an impact on something that’s going to be extremely important to society."

The FAMU-FSU team will work alongside researchers from other universities and companies like Raytheon and Boeing, who work in aerospace and aviation. NASA hopes to develop technology that eliminates air travel emissions by the year 2050.

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Brett Rutherford is a reporter and news researcher at WFSU Pubic Media. From Riverview, Florida, he has earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University. During his time at Florida State, he was a reporter within the sports department at WVFS, the student-run on-campus radio station. In 2020, he served as Sports Director during his senior year and hosted the weekly talk show Tomahawk Talk.

Email Brett: brutherford2@fsu.edu