NASA is canvassing industry for ideas on advanced “green” airliners that could enter service by 2025, with the goal of building a subscale, unmanned demonstrator that could fly in 2015. “The concepts must incorporate technologies enabling large, twin-aisle passenger aircraft to achieve ambitious environmental goals,” the agency says. These include reducing fuel consumption and nitrogen oxide emissions by 50% and airport noise by 80% relative to today’s 777-class airliners. NASA plans ...
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