NASA made an announcement today for work with Boeing on a special type of aircraft that is fuel-efficient and single-aisle. It will be used commercially and will cut fuel emissions to reduce climate impact from flying.
NASA and Boeing
Many kinds of aircraft in use today use a NASA technology, according to Bill Nelson. For example, winglets, which are the small vertical extensions of wings, were created by NASA in the 1970s. These are now everywhere on aircraft.
NASA will work with Boeing on this new aircraft and aims to have working prototypes by 2028 and commercially usable aircraft by 2030.
NASA's Hope for the Project
NASA hopes that its Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project will provide innovation in the form of a new wing structure called a transonic truss-braced wing. NASA will work with Boeing to design and build the new aircraft. It should be more fuel-efficient and could use 30% less fuel than current aircraft.
This is a good thing for the environment as airplanes use a tremendous amount of fuel while flying.
This airplane will also have more efficient engines and wings that sit high on the airplane body and are longer and less wide. They'll be supported by a brace coming from the bottom of the body, which will create less drag from the air.
I'm looking forward to the progress on this project. Do you think NASA and Boeing will succeed and have a working prototype by 2028?
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