Washington. The American Space Agency NASA and the aircraft manufacturer Boeing are working together on a project that will make future flights environmentally friendly. According to a CNN report, NASA and Boeing will work together on the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Project to build, test, and fly an emissions-reducing single-aisle aircraft this decade. NASA Administrator Nelson said in a statement that it is NASA’s goal that their partnership with Boeing will help them produce and test a demonstrator engine that will benefit future commercial airlines and passengers around the world. The space agency hopes that by 2030 this technology will be in common use.
The first test flight of this experimental aircraft is scheduled to take place in 2028. According to NASA, through this new aircraft, about 50% of the commercial market can be benefited in the initial stages. The space agency reported that airlines largely rely on single-aisle aircraft, which are responsible for nearly half of the aviation emissions worldwide. Developing new technologies to reduce fuel use can meet the Biden administration’s goal of achieving net-zero aviation carbon emissions by 2050, as outlined in the US Aviation Climate Action Plan were determined.
Will reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent
Boeing estimates that the demand for new single-aisle aircraft will increase by 40,000 aircraft between 2035 and 2050. According to the agency, the design NASA and Boeing are working on could reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 30% compared to today’s most efficient aircraft. For this, it will be developed on transonic truss-braced wing technology, which will stabilize the wings by diagonal struts connecting them to the aircraft. Such a design shape creates less drag, which means less fuel burn. The Sustainable Flight Demonstrator will also incorporate other green aviation technologies.