By only changing the aircraft design, we could see 30% more fuel-efficient flights. NASA and Boeing partners up to make it happen.
NASA has teamed up with Boeing on a new project to come up with the design and prototype of a new type of aircraft that will make greener commercial air traffic possible within ten years.
One of the interesting things about the project is that it won’t focus on making the aircraft larger to hold more people. This could make it greener by making the per-passenger carbon footprint lower.
Instead, this aircraft will have a single aisle and will aim to fill 50% of the short and medium-distance flight traffic.CNN has reported some interesting details on this.
While designs are already in advanced stages, we will have to wait until 2028 to see the first test flight take place. But in the context of designing revolutionary new aircraft, that is a very short time span made possible by a large investment.
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