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Airbus has introduced a revolutionary “blended wing body” aircraft design that can potentially cut down on fuel consumption by up to 20-percent, in comparison to the current single-aisle aircraft available now.
Known as MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls), the “blended wing body” scale model demonstrator is two meters long (6.6 feet long) and 3.2 meters wide (10.5 feet wide).
The sleek body configuration hints at opportunities for “propulsion systems type and integration,” as well as a spacious and flexible cabins, potentially offering a fresh new experience for passengers on-board.
It could also likely cut down on noise as the plane’s engine is placed above the central body, shielded away.
“Although there is no specific timeline for entry-into-service, this technological demonstrator could be instrumental in bringing about change in commercial aircraft architectures for an environmentally sustainable future for the aviation industry,” Jean-Brice Dumont, executive vice president of Engineering at Airbus explained in a statement.
Discover #AirbusMAVERIC, our blended wing body aircraft demonstrator! An innovative shape for improved performance & an enhanced passenger experience.
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— Airbus (@Airbus) February 11, 2020
Airbus Design That Could Revolutionize Flying as We Know It. Airbus' blended wing body plane and the result, MAVERIC, could make flying much more efficient. pic.twitter.com/AIux3XKH5w
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