Transportation & Fuel Source Technology
Greener by Design Group Proposes "Flying Wings" for Commercial Aviation
In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and control climate change,
the Greener by Design group is proposing radical changes for the future
of the aviation industry. The Greener by Design group is made up of
Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and the UK Department for Transport. The group
envisions planes built as "flying wings" to provide a more efficient
mode of transportation.
These planes are based on designs from the 60's and
will create far less drag and consume a third of the fuel used by
today's cigar-shaped fuselage aircraft. With new advances in plastics,
the planes could be built from light-weight toughened plastic, making
them even lighter than current aluminum planes. Airbus is working on a
flying wing design project funded by the European Union, and is
expected to present their research in 2009.
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