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NASA's Next-Generation Airplane Concepts 120

Posted by timothy
from the well-the-military-industrial-complex's dept.
faisy writes "NASA has taken the wraps off three concept designs for quiet, energy efficient aircraft that could potentially be ready to fly as soon as 2025. The designs come from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and The Boeing Company. In the final months of 2010, each of these companies won a contract from NASA to research and test their concepts during 2011."
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NASA's Next-Generation Airplane Concepts

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, 2011 @02:26AM (#34895048)

    A spamblog with two boring images. Bravo, editors.

  • Actual article link (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, 2011 @02:44AM (#34895124)

    http://www.nasa.gov/topics/aeronautics/features/flight_2025.html

  • Much better article (Score:5, Informative)

    by Urza9814 (883915) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @03:49AM (#34895334)

    There's a much better article on this in Cnet, by the excellent Chris Matyszczyk:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20028638-71.html?tag=mncol;title [cnet.com]

  • Re:Old hat? (Score:5, Informative)

    by sapphire wyvern (1153271) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @04:30AM (#34895458)

    Actually it looks like the Lockheed proposal is two-engined. I posted this comment downthread, but there's a pretty good chance it'll just get buried down there, so I thought I'd post it here too.

    Here's [nasa.gov] a larger picture. Notice how the engine is mounted on a fin that does not emerge vertically from the tail of the aircraft. The engine mount comes out of the fuselage at an angle, and then curves up towards the vertical through the space occupied by the engine. If you look at the bottom of the fuselage, you can just make out the edge of a second engine's bluish cowling. It's mounted on the other side, also angled out from the aircraft, but almost completely obscured by the fuselage because of the point of view of the image.

    I don't think they chose a very good camera angle for showing off the concept.

  • by Troll-Under-D'Bridge (1782952) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:40AM (#34895748) Journal
    Probably more interesting is the link at the end of the brief article. Clicking on the text "Read About Aircraft Designs for 2035" takes you to a more detailed article on future aircraft [nasa.gov].

    NASA's goals for a 2030-era aircraft, compared with an aircraft entering service today, are:

    A 71-decibel reduction below current Federal Aviation Administration noise standards, which aim to contain objectionable noise within airport boundaries.

    A greater than 75 percent reduction on the International Civil Aviation Organization's Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection Sixth Meeting, or CAEP/6, standard for nitrogen oxide emissions, which aims to improve air quality around airports.

    A greater than 70 percent reduction in fuel burn performance, which could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of air travel. The ability to exploit metroplex concepts that enable optimal use of runways at multiple airports within metropolitan areas, as a means of reducing air traffic congestion and delays.

    There's also an image gallery link for more concept art and some PDF-converted presentations from Boeing, GE, MIT and Northrop Grumman.

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