The CAFE Foundation (Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency) announced today that the NASA Green Flight Challenge will receive $1.6 million in sponsorship funding from Google.
CAFE will host the event which runs from September 25 to October 2 of this year. It will take place at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport in California and will have a $1.65 million prize.
To win the prize competitor’s aircraft will have to fly at least 100 mph at the equivalent rate of consumption of 200 MPG across a 200 mile flight.
The competing aircraft are a diverse group of prototypes built specifically for this challenge and are primarily powered by electric motors with some biofuel and hybrid exceptions.