Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2010 Technology

SUGAR Aircraft Concept from Boeing Runs on Electricity


Envisioned as the future of air transportation, the new aircraft from NASA boasts elongated wings and electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system.

Part of the NASA supersonic research program, the aircraft, dubbed "Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) Volt concept" (or SUGAR), features a propulsion system that was designed to reduce fuel consumption by over 70 percent and energy use by about 55 percent.

The aircraft will be able to transport 154 passengers, and fly at a speed of Mach 0.79. It will have a shorter takeoff distance and will be able to register a range of 3,500 nautical miles.

SUGAR will run on either fuel or electricity. When on the ground, the wings of the aircraft will be folded.

It is worth mentioning that the current design was among several others presented and discussed last week at the World Symposium of Electric Aircraft, informs Gizmag.

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