This craft, dubbed the SAX-40 design is also "35% more fuel efficient than any airliner currently flying."
The design is a radical departure from current aircraft. The new craft is wedge shaped, rather than the familiar tube configuration of current airliners, with the wings extending from that shape. This contributes to the efficiency of the craft, however this also makes it more difficult for aircraft manufacturers to build shorter or longer versions of the same plane without redesigning the entire vehicle. Maintenance would also be more difficult because the engines would be less accessible to ground-crews.
Even if these obstacles can be overcome, the earliest this airplane might come into service is expected to be around 2030. By then, hopefully the things will run on hydrogen, and we won't have to worry so much about fuel economy.
written by Josh Reynolds, March 02, 2007
written by Anthony Gentile, August 14, 2007
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