07 Feb '12, 10am

NASA’s $11 Million Green Flight Challenge Pays Off

NASA’s $11 Million Green Flight Challenge Pays Off

NASA has challenged the aviation industry to come up with a new concept for a next generation airplane , and preliminary results indicate the the next generation of air travelers will get to ride in something that looks far more sleek and modern than the current crop of planes. More importantly, the ride will be more sustainable, too. The challenge calls for significant advances in not one but three key areas all at the same time: fuel consumption, air pollution, and noise. The results of the first phase have just come in, and they point the way to – well, let’s just say that two out of three ain’t bad. NASA’s green flight challenge The new concepts were submitted by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman under a set of research grants totaling $11 million awarded last year. Aside from submitting a nifty batch of futuristic-looking renderings, each of the three comp...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/02/nasas-11-million-gree...

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