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Aviation 2016

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jan 15, 2016 08:00 EST - May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
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May 23, 2016 08:00 EDT - Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT
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Jun 7, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 EDT - Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT
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Jul 5, 2016 12:00 EDT - Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 EDT
How can we design, operate, and power aircraft to reduce the climate impacts of aviation?

Aviation forms a key component of the transportation industry with over 6 billion passengers every year. Out of the current industrial carbon emissions, aviation accounts for around 3%. Despite its emissions currently being relatively small, aviation is one of the fastest growing sectors, growing at around 5% per year, leading to a more connected global economy. This growth rate is expected to outpace developments in technology, with aviation ultimately accounting for up to 15% of total anthropogenic climate impacts by 2050. In addition to carbon emissions, aviation’s non-CO2 impacts are of equal, if not greater, importance. Given the altitudes that aircraft operate, aviation has a unique and substantial environmental impact. NOx emissions and condensation trails, or contrails, are significant short-term climate forcers and lead to a variety of competing effects impacting the environment.

In this contest, we look for a variety of solutions aimed at changing the way we tackle aviation’s environmental impacts. From near-term operational changes to long-term, game changing technologies, we are open to a range of ideas.

2 Proposals
Jun 15, 2016
Team only
Focusing heavy investments from China to ramp up sustainable biofuel production can bring global costs down.
Jun 12, 2016
Team only
Zero fuel Zero Emission replacement technology for aircraft's Auxiliary Power Units (APUs).