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The Future Aircraft

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The World as we know it is changing everyday. Almost every area in today’s world is gradually embracing the change and are surging forward like never before. The implementation of sophisticated technology in all walks of life also is seeing the light of the day as we move on into the future we’ve always been dreaming of. And when everything is becoming faster, stronger, lighter and more efficient, there is yet another story that you should be paying attention to.

A band of researchers at the prestigious MIT has made use of a whopping several million dollar NASA contract and went on to come up with the latest version to the normal passenger jet. Now we know what cheesy names these researchers come up with to name their precious million dollar inventions. The Aeroplane design has been named the “Double Bubble”, which is calling for a super-wide fuselage and turbofan engines mounted at the rear of the aircraft. Odd, aint it? This strange configuration would gladly allow the aircraft to use seventy percent lesser fuel than a classic Boeing 737 would use. And to add to this wonderful efficiency, it also comparatively lesser noise and nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that is known to have caused acid rain in the past. No Acid rain, so far so good!

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So when is it that this aeroplane takes to the skies and provide a wonderful user-rich appearance. Well we’re about to find out. NASA has confirmed that it would love to see the 180-seater aircraft up in the air by the year 2035 when aircraft is expected to double. My, isn’t that really far into the future? The engineers contributing to the cause are pushing towards the goal this summer, when they test a slightly smaller to scale model to wind tunnel tests at the Langley research center. Now how would it be different from the Boeing 737.

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The Double Bubble VS A Boeing 737

                                                                   Double Bubble                                                Boeing 737

Cruising speed 490 MPH 596 MPH
Fuel efficiency 145 MPG 100 MPG
Range(nautical miles) 3,000 3,440
Wingspan 170 feet 113 feet
Weight 135,500 LBS 154,500 LBS

So what is that you get from this table? The new aircraft has only got a longer wingspan and is fuel-efficient. So 2035 only for these two, NASA? You’ve got to be kidding me! This aircraft is based solely on a modified tube and wings with indeed a wider fuselage to help with the extra lift. The Aircraft’s low sweep wing does away with the drag and the weight. This aircraft will be used in the future for domestic flights and is expected to fly at a speed of Mach 0.74 with a hundred and eighty passengers in a cabin larger than that of the Boeing 737. This Design first came out in early 2010. Let’s see what this aircraft’s got, shall we?

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Fuselage

This Airplane has a fuselage that is unbelievably five times wider than that of the boeing 737. It’s fuselage stands at 17.3 feet across. The extra girth is expected to increase lift and obviously provide a much roomier cabin!

Lifting Nose

The upturned nose unlike the Boeing 737, tends to shift the center of the lift forward, thus reducing the downward tail force necessary and allowing for a smaller, lighter tail. Cool how Aerodynamics works and never fails to surprise us, right?

Wingspan

The reduced cruising speed (about ten percent slower than a Boeing 737) does afford a longer wingspan. The long wings do help decrease Lag and boost efficiency.

Aft Engines

Engines mounted at the rear of the plane instead of beneath the wings as in the classic Boeing. In this position, air hits the engine inlets at a slower speed, so less power is necessary to provide the same amount of thrust. The engine fans are comparatively smaller too, resulting in a much quieter flight experience. Now that’s what User-rich experience means!

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Conclusion

Well when so much effort is being put in this aircraft, why shouldn’t we be looking forward to it? I certainly hope the cabin experience would be great too. But the one thing I don’t understand is why 2035 when this aeroplane doesn’t have any major changes to be implemented? Anyway, whatever be the case, all I have to say is Good job MIT and NASA, We’d love to fly in one of these one day!