Research spans fundamental propulsion technology development for small drones through to overall aircraft configuration assessment for all-electric commercial aircraft.

The focus is on the very long term — technologies that could result in near-silent propulsion and low or no emissions. There are three strategic areas:

You can also read our research publications to explore these topics in greater depth and about the environmental challenges facing aviation at the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment. Other work at MIT on propulsion and ultra-efficient aircraft design is undertaken at the Gas Turbine Laboratory and the Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory.