Daily Archives: February 13, 2020

Blended Wing Aircraft Cuts Fuel Consumtion Up To 20%

Following a series of secret tests, Airbus has revealed a futuristic “blended wing” commercial aircraft design that promises to cut fuel consumption up to 20%.
The French aircraft maker rolled out a model of the small-scale, remote-controlled aircraft demonstrator it’s been using to test the design at the Singapore Air Show 2020 on Tuesday.

This “blended wing body” demonstrator is called MAVERIC — which stands for Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls — and is two meters long and 3.2 meters wide.

Testing has reportedly been underway since June 2019 but the project, which launched in 2017, was kept under wraps until this month.
According to Airbus, MAVERIC helps accelerate understanding of new aircraft configurations and matures the technology necessary to fly such a radically different aircraft.
What’s so special about this aerodynamicblended wing body“? In addition to the environmental benefit — approximately 20% less fuel burn compared to current single-aisle models with the same engine — Airbus says the plane’s unusual and spacious configuration opens up new possibilities for cabin design.
To prove this point, it also released a series of design renderings showing what passengers onboard a blended wing aircraft might be in for. Noise would likely be reduced too, due to the plane’s “shieldedengine, which is mounted above the central body.
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Airbus is leveraging emerging technologies to pioneer the future of flight,” says Jean-Brice Dumont, executive vice president of engineering at Airbus, in a statement announcing the new design.
By testing disruptive aircraft configurations, Airbus is able to evaluate their potential as viable future products.”
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