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NASA rips off airplane wings for the sake of ecology

NASA rips off airplane wings for the sake of ecology


NASA rips off airplane wings for the sake of ecology

To do this, they will turn the MD-90 into an X-plane with long, thin wings supported by struts.

NASA, along with Boeing, announced that the US Air Force has approved the X-66A experimental aircraft project. The aircraft will be built as part of the “Sustainable Flight Demonstrator” initiative and tested with a new type of wing that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase flight efficiency.

The X-66A will be the first of the X-planes designed to help the US achieve zero aviation emissions by 2050. In the process of developing the X-66A, Boeing, working with NASA, is upgrading the MD-90 passenger plane, shortening its fuselage and replacing wings and engines. The result will be an aircraft with long, narrow wings supported by diagonal struts, following the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing design principle.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, “The X-66A will shape the future of aviation, ushering in a new era where aircraft are cleaner, cleaner and quieter, and provide new opportunities for passengers and American industry.”

“To achieve our goal of zero emissions from aviation by 2050, we need innovative aircraft concepts like those we are testing on the X-66A,” added Bob Pierce, NASA Associate Administrator for Aeronautical Research.

The X-aircraft program began in the 1940s when NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, began its first experimental aircraft program in cooperation with the US Air Force and Navy. As part of this program, the world was presented with the first aircraft that broke the sound barrier, the first aircraft with a variable wing sweep and a series of tests of hypersonic flight.

Boeing Chief Technology Officer Todd Citron said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this designation as the X-66A will be the next link in the chain of experimental aircraft to test breakthrough designs that have transformed aviation.”

Citron is likely hoping for success as Boeing is funding most of the SFD project. While NASA has pledged $425 million over the next seven years, Boeing plans to invest about $725 million more.


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