AFRL Considering Hybrid Electric Large UAV Power/Propulsion Written 29 August 2019

29 August 2019
Aviation Week reports that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) “is looking at leveraging NASA’s work on hybrid- and turbo-electric propulsion to increase the performance and capability of large unmanned aircraft, including ‘loyal wingman’ vehicles that would support manned fighters.” Power & Control Division Chief Engineer John Nairus said, “Near term, we are trying to figure out how to apply this to autonomous vehicles, not manned at this stage.” (Image: NASA’s X-57 hybrid electric research plane | NASA)
Full Story (Aviation Week)