The company’s hydrogen-electric powertrain for aviation is one of ten innovations selected to compete in the virtual forum.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity to share more about our hydrogen-electric powertrain with this group of distinguished individuals. We believe that we offer the most practical solution to decarbonizing our skies and look forward to working with NASA to further our mission toward zero-emission flight.”Val Miftakhov, CEO and founder of ZeroAvia
ZeroAvia utilizes hydrogen-electric fueled powertrain technology to replace conventional engines in commercial aircraft. Adoption of this technology results not only in zero-emission flight but lower fuel and maintenance costs. The company completed its first electric flight in June of 2020, and achieved the world’s first hydrogen-electric flight of a commercial-grade aircraft in September 2020.
“We are looking forward to seeing these entrepreneurs present technologies they hope will improve our world and help NASA push the boundaries of space exploration. These innovations could make us smarter, safer, healthier, more efficient, and more sustainable – whether we are living and working from our homes, offices, or even a spacecraft.”NASA iTech’s Program Manager Maxwell Briggs
The 2021 NASA iTech Cycle I Forum is the pinnacle event of the current NASA iTech cycle, including three Ignite the Night events within the past year. This cycle sought technologies for more than a dozen focus areas and had entries from companies based in 32 states. NASA will recognize the top three teams at the end of the forum’s program during a non-monetary awards ceremony.