Boeing revealed what the sustainable plane it will build with NASA and carry passengers in the 2030s will look like
Those responsible for the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator hope that it will reduce fuel consumption through advances in sustainable technology to achieve the goal of net zero carbon emissions. carbon by 2050
The American company Boeing released the first images of what the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator will be like(SFD), for its acronym in English, an aircraft developed together with the US space agency (NASA) with the hope that its design and technology serve as a model for the “aviation of the future”.
With the Demonstrator, NASA expects to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 30% of narrow-body aircraft – a single aisle – frequently used to cover domestic routes, and which are the most used.
“We tend to think of NASA as a space agency, an aeronautical agency, but NASA is also a climate agency,” said the agency's administrator, Bill Nelson, at a press conference on Wednesday.
Nelson explained that Boeing's concept, expected to be able to fly by 2028, is a full-scale demonstration aircraft of the braced transonic wing type (a construction process in which beams are placed obliquely to secure a frame).
Bill Nelson, NASA administrator shows the prototype of the "aircraft of the future" Photo: NASA
The SFD program aims to advance the civil aviation industry's commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as well as the targets set out in the US Aviation Climate Action Plan. from the White House, the Boeing company said on its website.
“The SFD program has the potential to make an important contribution toward a sustainable future” said Greg Hyslop, chief engineer and executive vice president of Engineering, Test and Technology at Boeing. “It represents an opportunity to design, build and fly a large-scale experimental aircraft, while solving new technical problems.”
In a statement, Boeing explained that it will integrate elements of vehicles it already has. they exist with entirely new components in the aircraft's construction.
“Ultra-thin, strut-braced wings, with longer spans and higher aspect ratios, could accommodate advanced propulsion systems which are currently limited by the lack of space under the wings in low-wing aircraft configurations,” the company explained.
The Boeing's chief technology officer, Todd Citron, assured that these “ultra-thin” wings will increase the dynamic efficiency of the aircraft.
File photo of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)
NASA also hopes that this design will incorporate a series of technological advances that will reduce fuel consumption and make aviation more sustainable, which will serve as a model for commercial aviation.
For Nelson, the project will “revolutionize the type of plane people use most often when they fly,” and put the United States closer to reaching the government's goal of zero emissions in the aviation industry by 2050.
The administrator defended the decision to establish a public-private relationship to develop the Demonstrator, in which the aerospace agency will invest some 425 million dollars.
Nelson cited NASA's projects to transform the International Space Station into a commercial station or the return of humanity to the Moon, for which it collaborates with the SpaceX company, as examples of collaborations with the private sector that benefit to the entire industry.
(With information from EFE)