On June 24th the Embry Riddle Daytona Beach campus hosted the DGEN engine demo. The objective of the DGEN program is to develop a family of two spool unmixed flow turbofan jet engines, namely DGEN 380 and DGEN 390, intended for twin engine, 2-6 seats airplanes with a max weight ranging between 1,400 and 2,150 kg (3,417 lb – 5,622 lb). DGEN jet engines are optimized for a cruise altitude ranging from 15,000 to 20,000 ft and Mach 0.35 with a flight ceiling limited to 25,000 ft. They have low specific fuel consumption, they are lightweight and reasonably priced.
NASA has selected 12 technology experiments to fly on the first commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The technology payloads scheduled for testing on the first SpaceShipTwo research flight include eight from academic and research institutions, including Embry Riddle! On-Orbit Propellant Storage Stability investigation by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, continues a microgravity research program to determine stability data for a prototype orbiting fuel depot that could enable future long duration space missions. Looking forward to hear more exciting news from the microgravity team!