A fuel-efficient airliner concept developed within NASA that shows promise as an early application of turboelectric propulsion is to undergo a comprehensive external evaluation by Aurora Flight Sciences. NASA studies assuming a 2035 entry into service suggest the STARC-ABL, which stands for Single-Aisle Turboelectric Aircraft with Aft Boundary Layer propulsion, could reduce fuel burn by 7-12% compared with a conventional aircraft with similar technology. The concept’s appeal is that ...

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