— The federal government says it has found dozens of small engines that could be used to build jets from scratch.
The National Science Foundation’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says it was able to identify and sample engines for the project from a variety of sources.
The JPL is one of two government agencies that are part of a partnership that aims to make a jet engine from scratch that is capable of lifting more than a ton of weight.
The engines can be built using conventional technology but are also capable of producing their own power.
The goal is to make jet engines that can lift much more than they are currently able to, which could allow jets to travel farther and carry heavier payloads.
The JPL said it found about a dozen engines in Florida and Georgia.
It said the engines were used to design a modified version of a 747 jet engine that has the ability to lift up to 100,000 pounds.
The Jet Propulsing Lab’s Jet Engine Office in Pasadena, Calif., is one element of the Jet Propulser Program.
It is funded by NASA’s Jet propulsion Science Directorate.JPL said the jets were found in a building in Jacksonville and could be made from materials engineers and materials scientists can work with to get them ready for testing.
It did not provide details about how the engines came to be.