NASA Thinking of Green Futures for Passenger Airlines
NASA’s X-48 flights promise a green future for passenger airlines drone test
After nearly six years of flying from 2007 to 2013 and reviewing data from then until now, NASA has announced that the X-48 test project has been successfully completed, according to ISNA.
These test flights demonstrate NASA’s commitment to designing and developing new aircraft that reduce noise pollution and carbon emissions. This aircraft is designed to achieve NASA’s environmental goals.
The X-48 was a curved wing demonstration aircraft with two different models that flew 122 flights. The last flight of this aircraft took place on April 9, 2013, while its first flight took place in 2007.
Design of X-48
The X-48 was designed by Boeing and built by British-based Cranefield Aerospace, and was piloted by NASA.
The aircraft, as a demonstration for the design of the Curved Wing Hybrid Aircraft (HWB), is based on conceptual studies.
It conducted by NASA’s Environmental Aviation Project, which will develop aircraft design for the next 20 years.
“We have achieved our goal of creating a database and proving the feasibility of this concept,” said Fei Kalier, director of NASA’s HWB project.
The aircraft’s very smooth and efficient hybrid design promises to meet all of NASA’s environmental goals for future aircraft design.
Checking the features
Two models of the X-48, the X-48B and X-48C, flew during NASA test flights. The X-48C had a wingspan of 6 meters and weighed 226 kilograms thanks to advanced lightweight composite materials.
The aircraft can reach a maximum speed of 140 miles per hour and a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet (3048 meters).
“Our team at NASA has done its best, including testing a unique aircraft and analyzing the data collected to design ‘green’ aircraft in The future will be used.
The flight control system software used in the X-48B and X-48C test flights is suitable for the development of most commercial aircraft in the future, says NASA.
The test flights of this new aircraft are not the only ones aimed at supporting NASA’s efforts to reduce fuel consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce noise pollution.
NASA also recently released images of the construction of its silent supersonic jet, the X-59.
The aircraft is designed to produce very little noise.
The X-59, like the X-48, is designed to use less fuel and produce less greenhouse gases as part of NASA’s efforts to help combat climate change.