If all goes as planned the skies in the future will have a new bird soon. We’re talking about a triangular designed plane that NASA and Boeing are working on. The X-48C is a plane with a hybrid wing-body. This design offers more volume and space than traditional fixed-wing planes being used presently.
Currently the testing model of the triangular shaped future plane has a wingspan of 21 feet, but engineers from NASA and Boeing are working on developing a 240 foot wingspan model for military applications and consumer flights. The current X-48C plane model has a top altitude of 10,000 feet and can fly for 35 minutes. NASA officials have revealed that the 9 minute test run performed recently was successful and that the space agency would be running a series of tests beginning this week.
The radical shape of the plane is believed to bring down sound decibel in plane take off and landing considerably. Bob Liebeck, Program Manager Boeing said “Working with NASA, we are very pleased to enter into the next flight-test phase of our work to explore and validate the aerodynamic characteristics and efficiencies of the Blended Wing Body concept. With the X-48C, we will be evaluating the impact of noise shielding concepts on low-speed flight characteristics”. Engineers from Boeing have been working with NASA engineers during test flights of X-48C and this will continue with every testing phase.