FAA Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation - Task #296 Outreach - Commercial Space Transportation. The Industry Advisory Group for the FAA COE CST, more formally known as the COE-CST Advisory Committee(CESTAC) has been chartered with major responsibilities: Assess the effectiveness and continued relevance of the FAA COE-CST Research Program in meeting the needs of the CST developers and operators, Recommend future directions for the FAA Commercial Space Transportation research investment.
Oxygen-enriched combustion (OEC) has shown the ability to improve the fuel efficiency and power density of burner-based power systems and diesel engines. By minimizing problems with flame quenching, OEC is also expected to greatly improve the performance of MEMS-based micro-combustors needed for micro-power generation. Oxygen-enriched micro-combustors have the potential for compatibility with logistics fuels and of eliminating the need for expensive catalysts. If successful, these devices would represent a significant improvement over existing micro-combustors.
This project applies an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum development to create courses, lecture modules and laboratory experiments related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Project assessment will determine the effectiveness of the laboratory curriculum. Classes improved by this project will provide public and private sectors with skilled employees and researchers in hydrogen technology. The hydrogen-based curriculum will further the student understanding of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and offer undergraduate and graduate students a career path into renewable energy.