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NASA Challenges Students to Design a Supersonic Airliner

A new NASA competition challenges high school and college students to research and design a small, supersonic airliner that could enter commercial service in the next decade. During the 2008-2009 academic year, individuals and teams of high school students will prepare well-documented short papers describing what needs to be accomplished to make supersonic flight available to commercial passengers by 2020. Advanced-curriculum high school students and college students will prepare longer papers that depict a highly efficient, environmentally friendly commercial aircraft that would emit only low sonic booms, and be ready for initial service in 2020.

 

The competition is intended to encourage students to develop science and engineering skills, and choose careers in aeronautics research and development. The Fundamental Aeronautics Program of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington, DC, is sponsoring the competition, and will review and score the entries.

High school winners may be eligible for individual cash awards of up to $1,000 and team awards of up to $1,500. University-level winners may be eligible for paid student internship offers and cash awards of up to $5,000.

For more contest information and submission guidelines and deadlines, click here.