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2010-11-22 09:22:00

Engineers in California and South Africa envision more fuel-efficient design Airplanes do not look much like birds -- unless you were to imagine a really weird bird or a very strange plane -- but should they? This question is exactly what a pair of engineers in California and South Africa inadvertently answered recently when they set about re-thinking the ubiquitous tube-and-wings aircraft architecture from scratch in order to make airplanes more fuel efficient. The modern airplane design...

2009-03-03 10:20:10

A model the National Aeronautics and Space Administration built to research futuristic aircraft designs is moving to the U.S. air and space museum. The 12-foot wing span blended wing body was used during wind tunnel flight tests and now will be on long-term loan to the How Things Fly gallery at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. One key focus of NASA aeronautics research is to develop technologies to make aircraft more fuel efficient and environmentally...

2009-03-02 13:42:00

WASHINGTON, March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A flying model NASA built to research futuristic aircraft designs will spend its future in the United States' premier air and space museum. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The 12-foot wing span blended wing body, or BWB, model, used during wind tunnel flight tests at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., is on long-term loan to the "How Things Fly" gallery at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air...

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2005-11-12 09:12:13

NASA -- For almost a hundred years most planes have looked like a tube with wings, but that may change thanks to NASA research. Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are testing a design for a flying wing, called a blended wing body or BWB, which would be more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than today's aircraft. Technicians installed a five percent scale model of a BWB in the Langley Full-Scale Tunnel, owned by NASA Langley and operated by Old Dominion...

2005-09-09 10:26:50

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - A new generation of barely- audible, fuel-efficient passenger aircraft described as "flying wings" with "virtual windows" could arrive in two decades, engineers from Britain's Cambridge University said on Friday. "The noise level we're looking for would be to take it below the background noise that people experience outside airports ... below traffic noise levels," said Paul Collins, a mechanical engineer with the "Silent Aircraft Initiative." It...

2005-09-09 10:25:00

DUBLIN -- A new generation of barely- audible, fuel-efficient passenger aircraft described as "flying wings" with "virtual windows" could arrive in two decades, engineers from Britain's Cambridge University said on Friday. "The noise level we're looking for would be to take it below the background noise that people experience outside airports ... below traffic noise levels," said Paul Collins, a mechanical engineer with the "Silent Aircraft Initiative." It will be 20 years or more before the...


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