Airbus shows what could be the future of aircraft design
The Airbus plane Maveric has been secretly developed. Design reduces fuel consumption by 20 percent, according to the manufacturer.
With a design where the transition between wing and body merges, you can get a larger cargo space than in a conventional model with separate fuselage and wings. The concept is called blended wing body design, BWB, and is in terms of form between conventional aircraft and a flying wing. “The Flight of the Future,” Airbus calls it.
The concept plan has a length of two meters and a wingspan of 3.2 meters, giving an area of approximately 2.25 square meters. According to Airbus, the design on a real scale has the potential for 20 percent lower fuel consumption than conventional aircraft.
Airbus has shown larger BWB planes
Airbus has also shown renderings of what a larger BWB plane could look like. Due to the shape of the passenger seats, the passenger seats are far from the windows – and the question is whether it will be claustrophobic? One solution might be screens at the seats that show what it looks like outside the plane.
Maveric has secretly developed what can be compared to a startup company within Airbus. The name stands for “Model aircraft for validation and experimentation of robust, innovative Controls”. The team test flew its scaled-down version in 2019 in France.
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– Although there is no specific timetable for getting a real plan, this technical demonstrator can be crucial when it comes to changing commercial aircraft architecture. The aviation industry can have a sustainable future, says Jean-Brice Dumont at EVP Engineering on Airbus to New Atlas.
Futuristic design with history
It is not only Airbus that believes in the design. For example, Boeing developed the unmanned BWB concept X48B for NASA, which flew in 2007.
The design looks futuristic but has a long history. Prototypes for a flying wing were developed by the Germans during World War II and revived with stealth bombers such as the B-2 Spirit. But the basic shape is also reminiscent of classic 1950s delta wing models, such as the British aircraft carrier Avro Vulcan.