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UTC to Supply Upgrades for NASA P-3 Aircraft

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | February 10, 2015
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[Avionics Today 02-10-2015] UTC Aerospace has a new agreement to supply NASA with procurement and installation of NP2000 propellers with electronic propeller control systems for the agency's fleet of P-3 aircraft. The NP2000 will replace the existing HS 54H60 propeller system for the P-3, designed to provide reduced vibration and noise to the aircraft. 
 
 
P-3 on the sea ice runway with Mt. Erebus in the background. Credit: NASA/Michael Studinger. Photo: NASA.
 
NASA's airborne science program uses the P-3 as its core platform for supporting scientific investigations by visiting experts from universities, other agencies and organizations worldwide. The P-3 also serves as a technology test bed for new airborne and satellite instrumentation. 
 

"This propeller system is ideally suited for the modernization of all P-3 aircraft which currently use the 54H60 propeller," said Michel Ferey, propeller systems president and general manager for UTC Aerospace Systems. 

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