Rejoice, fans of “Star wars”! Airbus wants to change the form of commercial Airliners, so it is possible that in the future we are going to fly on a futuristic and truly fantastic aircraft. As it turned out, changing the shape of passenger aircraft will increase the capacity of the aircraft for up to 100 people, and also to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere by 20%. Let me remind you that the planes emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide and water vapor as well as nitrogen oxides and soot. In General, the contribution of aircraft to climate change, which threatens the human civilization are enormous. Given the harm that this type of transport causes to the environment, at the end of 2019 Airbus announced plans to release a new aircraft without harmful emissions by 2030. Recently it became known that the new jet will radically change your appearance – now it looks almost like a spaceship from the legendary Saga of the “knights of the Jedi”. Tell what is known about the new model of Airbus.
As reports the edition RobbReport, Airbus recently demonstrated a prototype of the new aircraft, which was named Maverick (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls). I would say that the appearance of the new aircraft – the real futurism, as Maverick would look great in the Saga “Star wars” and will carry out regional flights. Given the fact that major aircraft manufacturers in the world by 2050, has promised to halve the number of emissions, Airbus plans to release a new aircraft without harmful emissions by the year 2030 look revolutionary.
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From the beginning of the era of commercial flight, the basic form of the aircraft radically changed. So, if you choose to collect model aircraft, you will need long tube with two wings on the sides and the “tail” on the tail. Of course, aircraft design is much more complicated, besides the Boeing 747 is hardly similar to the Douglas DC-3, but any person will immediately understand that it is a plane, not any other design. But it was only until recently.
What will aircraft of the future?
Today, the prototype of Airbus Maverick is an unmanned jet with a length of 2 meters and a width of 3.2 meters (length classic Airliners is 76,25 m, wingspan – 68,45 m and a height of 19.35). Despite the fact that Maverick is in testing since June of last year, the company tried to keep the plane in secret as long as possible. New Maverick is an experimental model with remote control, with which the company is testing new features of the aircraft and aerodynamics. By the way, internally the content is also very unusual: the passenger cabin combined with the wing and fuel compartments, and both engines are placed above the Maverick “mixed wing”. As Reuters writes, the passengers will sit farther from the center than in the usual models of aircraft, and therefore there is a possibility that rocking in a futuristic jet will be stronger. Among the advantages of the new aircraft more durable construction and light weight, and quieter engines. And this is not to mention lower fuel consumption.
As I lay in the Airbus, the cabin is more likely to remind passengers to a big room, not the usual passenger compartment. For this reason, the layout of the cabin can be made as convenient as possible, so passengers have enough legroom and more comfort. The lack of the usual Windows on Board the Maverick will be a kind of “highlight” of the interior.
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In any case, if you really want to ride the “Maverick” full size, be prepared for a long wait. The fact that the test prototype of the new aircraft will continue until the end of 2020, and the company Airbus has not yet told reporters, when a passenger Maverick will be built. It should be noted that Boeing also built the aircraft with a mixed wing. Developed in conjunction with NASA, X-48 is unmanned aircraft, which carried out test flights in the period August 2012 to April 2013. Since then, both companies have been working on improving the technology of the mixed wing. And last year Dutch airline KLM said it is working with Delft University of technology for the development of aircraft with blended wing “Flying-V”.
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Anyway, the fact that the world’s leading airlines engaged in the production of new models of passenger aircraft – is a good thing considering the current climate situation. At least the situation until the beginning of the pandemic CoVID-19, as reportedly the world’s leading media, the amount of harmful emissions from aircraft in March 2020 fell almost a third. At the time of this writing, the abolition of about one million flights around the world has led to a reduction of the amount emitted by aircraft carbon dioxide by 28 million tons. For comparison – this is 31% less than in March 2019. As writes Financial Times, the same emissions reduction could be achieved if people stopped driving at least 6 million cars.