NASA, Boeing cooperate to develop low-emission aircraft

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson says a lower-emissions next-generation aircraft being developed in conjunction with Boeing could enter service

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said a lower-emissions next-generation aircraft being developed with Boeing could be in service by the 2030s.

US space agency NASA is working with aviation giant Boeing to develop a next-generation commercial jet that emits less carbon.

NASA, whose goals include aeronautical research, will invest $425 million over seven years in the “Sustainable Flight Demonstrator” (SFD) project while Boeing and its partners will spend approximately 725 million dollars.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the goal is to produce future commercial aircraft that are “more fuel efficient, benefiting the environment, commercial aviation, and passengers around the world”.

“If we are successful, we could see these technologies on planes the public will fly in the 2030s,” Nelson said in a statement Wednesday.

The agreement calls for NASA and Boeing to build, test, and fly a full-scale single-aisle demonstration aircraft.

“The technologies demonstrated and tested as part of the SFD program will inform future designs and could lead to breakthroughs in aerodynamics and increased efficiency,” said Boeing. fuel efficiency”.

Boeing Chief Engineer Greg Hyslop said it “has the potential to make a major contribution to a sustainable future.”

Engineers will find a way to design an aircraft with fuel consumption and emission reduction up to 30% more than today’s most efficient single-aisle aircraft, NASA said.

The agency plans to complete testing of the SFD in the late 2020s so that the technologies and designs can be applied to the next generation of single-aisle aircraft.

NASA says single-aisle aircraft are the most common type of aircraft in airline fleets and account for nearly half of aviation emissions worldwide.

Boeing and NASA plan to fly an improved type of wing called a crossbar wing that creates less drag and results in less fuel burn.

The ultra-long, thin wings are mounted on the fuselage and stabilized by diagonal struts.

NASA and Boeing say developing next-generation aircraft can help meet the White House and industry’s goal of net zero carbon emissions from aviation by 2050.

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