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Long a hub of aerospace innovation, Connecticut continues to be at the forefront of harnessing new technologies. For example, East Hartford-based Pratt & Whitney has pioneered a geared Turbofan™ engine that can fly farther, quieter and greener on much less fuel. Sikorsky is advancing the use of helicopters in intercity travel, promising to make air mobility a realistic solution to auto traffic congestion in cities across the country. Barnes Group continues to develop new high-performance plastics that are used in manufacturing all types of aerospace components.
Connecticut’s aerospace manufacturers are also playing an important role as the U.S. prepares for the first manned trip to the moon in 50 years. For the next moon landing, set to take place by 2024, Skyre Inc. of East Hartford is developing a system to make propellant from water found on the moon’s poles. And Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Inc. of Windsor is collaborating with NASA to develop a flexible power and energy product that may be used for lunar rovers, surface equipment and habitats.