Apr 25, 2016 by admin Category: News 0 comments

NASA launches new X-plane program to create cleaner, more efficient planes

“NASA’s flight research program is on its way to creating a renaissance of an exciting era in aviation research.” Jim Banke, NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
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NASA has announced the launch of the “New Aviation Horizons” initiative, which will lead to a new generation of X-planes that are fueled by greener energy, use half the fuel, and are half as loud as commercial aircraft in use today.

A 10-year initiative, New Aviation Horizons is a reminder of the importance of the first “A” in NASA. Through a series of research and development investments, NASA hopes to identify new technologies that can push the commercial aviation industry forward.

NASA stated that “design-and-build will take several years with aircraft starting their flight campaign around 2020, depending on funding.”

The first contract of the initiative, awarded to a team at Lockheed Martin in February, begins work to design a quieter supersonic passenger jet. Through the 17-month $20 million award, the team is required to complete a preliminary design for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST).

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