The American company Boeing will be contracted to build the Sustainable flight demonstratoran aircraft developed with NASA in Hope that its design and technology serve as a model for the aviation of the future.
with the demonstratorNASA hopes to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% and emissions from narrow-body aircraft – a single corridor – frequently used to cover domestic routes, and which are the most used.
“We usually think of NASA as a space agency, an aviation agencybut NASA is also a climate agency,” agency administrator Bill Nelson said at a news conference on Wednesday.
The announcement of the aircraft of the future by Boeing and NASA
Nelson explained that Boeing’s concept, which should be able to fly by 2028, is a full-scale demonstration aircraft of the transonic reinforced wing typea construction process in which beams are placed obliquely to attach a frame.
It’s a statement Boeing explained that it will integrate elements of existing vehicles with totally new components. in aircraft construction.
“Strut-braced ultrathin wings, with longer spans and higher aspect ratio, could accommodate propulsion systems advanced aircraft that are currently limited by lack of underwing space in low-wing aircraft configurations,” the company explained.
Boeing’s chief technology officer, Todd Citron, has assured that these “ultra-thin” wings will increase the aircraft’s dynamic efficiency.
NASA also hopes that this project will incorporate a number of technological advances that will reduce fuel consumption. and making aviation more sustainable, which will serve as a model for commercial aviation.
How much does NASA and Boeing’s airplane of the future cost?
For Nelson, the project “It will revolutionize the type of aircraft people use most often when flying“, and will bring the United States closer to achieving the government’s goal of zero emissions in the aviation sector by 2050.
The administrator defended the decision to establish a public-private relationship to develop the demonstrator, in which the aerospace agency will invest about $425 million.
The program will also mobilize up to $725 million in funding from Boeing and its industry partners to shape the demonstration program and provide the necessary resources.
AlsoBoeing has already invested $110 million in the recent stages of sustainable aviation research. The airframe concept of this project is the result of more than a decade of development work.
Nelson cited NASA’s plans to turn the International Space Station into a commercial station or humanity’s return to the Moonfor which he collaborates with the SpaceX company, as examples of collaborations with the private sector that benefit the entire sector.
With information from agencies
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