We present you the aircraft that aims to be the commercial aircraft model of the future. Its design is quite peculiar, as it has folding wings. We explain why.
In recent years, by necessity, NASA has opened up to private companies to develop the transport of the future, as well as technologies that allow greater sustainability and promote the care of the planet. Boeing and NASA are “allies” in this new stage and, in addition to collaborating in the space conquest, they are also trying to create the plane of the future.
NASA launched the SUGAR Volt (Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research) project a few years ago so that the companies that wanted to join in designing and building the planes of the future, more efficient in every way. One of those partners is Boeing, which, as we say, collaborates with NASA both in terms of sending astronauts into space and in the design of space suits.
At a level that is somewhat closer, is the TTBW (Transonic Truss Braced Wing). It is an aircraft that aims to be the model of commercial aircraft of the future. The design, as you can see in the image above, is quite peculiar because, without losing the traditional way of Boeing, it has much larger wings that need to be supported by some supports so as not to break.
The wings of this TTBW measure about 52 meters, which means that they are about 17 meters longer than those of a traditional Boeing 737 that has, according to estimates, about 16 years ahead before retiring. Now, what is the benefit of this peculiar design of the wings?
According to the company, with this design it will be possible to make flights at a speed of March 0.80, which suppose almost 1,000 kilometers per hour using less fuel, since the motors will be able to remain more time extinguished and, in addition, the resistance to the wind will be less.
Another peculiarity is that it is not only larger wings, but also mobile ones. Boeing has already experimented with this in the 777-X, but with the plane of the future, the idea is that the wings can be adjusted at even more permissive angles than at present to take advantage of air currents and, in short, adjust the aerodynamics of the ship to the conditions of each flight.
The future will be aircraft with electric motors, but there is still a long way to go
Although these appear to be the planes of the future, we still see turbines. Were not they supposed to be electric? Yes, in a few years there will be electric planes, but in the meantime, you have to look for alternatives.
And, the electric planes are in trial period at this time, as they have an autonomy of just 1,000 kilometers, insufficient for the vast majority of flights.