Air Force signs $65M deal with startup to test ‘sustainable’ fuel production
The startup air company announced Tuesday that it has won a contract from the Department of Defense Innovation Unit and the US Air Force for its AIRMADE “sustainable” aviation fuel.
“This will enable on-site fuel production, reducing emissions [and] Offering a safer fuel source,” the company said on Twitter.
The $65 million deal for testing production was reported to Air Company CEO Gregory Constantine following Axios. A successful jet test flight Compared to the previous year, it ran entirely on unadulterated sustainable aviation fuel.
The contract will allow the airline to test whether it can make that fuel at remote locations and includes certain milestones related to the number of gallons the airline produces.
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Air companies make sustainable aviation fuel from carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. The startup also turns carbon into perfume and hand sanitizer.
“The contract is closed Over the next several years,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch, noting that the airline aims to work with the Air Force to produce “hundreds of gallons” and later “thousands of gallons” of jet fuel.
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The company told the website it uses exclusively renewable electricity to produce its fuel, which the Air Force Research Laboratory called “net carbon neutral” in a November release.
The Air Force’s Project Fierce previously partnered with the laboratory, the Air Company and the Hsu Education Foundation to create and test a fully synthetic “drop-in” replacement jet fuel from captured carbon dioxide and water. The unmanned flight test team at the Hsu Educational Foundation conducted the first flight demonstration with synthetic jet fuel.
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The Air Force has used renewable aviation fuels — which require blending with conventional fossil fuels — since 2008.