MIT team designs plane that uses 70% less fuel

Planes use a massive amount of fuel to move passengers and cargo around the world. A new design from an MIT team could cut this fuel usage by 70%. This is great news and would make flights cheaper and pump out a lot less carbon. The bad news is that air traffic is expected to double in the next 30 years and the earliest these designs would be in the air is 2035.
MIT designed their D-series as a 180 passenger aircraft meant to replace the domestic 737 market. Conventional airplanes utilize a single fuselage design, while the D-series uses two partial tubular shapes placed beside each other — which accounts for the bubble nickname. The plane utilizes a host of technological advances to decrease its fuel consumption. It has thinner longer wings and a smaller tail and engine placement at the rear of the plane instead of on the wings. All of these features account for part of the reduction in fuel usage.

MIT Team Unveils Airplane that Uses 70 Percent Less Fuel

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Kiteman7 years ago
Nice scheme, but... it's ugly!
I don't think anyone will care about that, it's not like a car or anything...

The only time you'll see this plane is when you are about to board and to exit the plane. And even then sometimes you won't see it.

And these days if something makes me spend 70 procent less on fuel it can be ugly as hell I won't care...
IMO, good engineering also has an awareness of aesthetics.  If something is going to be ugly, then push right through ugly into functionally impressive.

Their H Wing is closer to the mark - I'd love to see it painted dark green.

Is that the same as Jaguar racing green?
Fits 21 drunken fools after a hard night of pub runs.


O M G !

Oh, I wish that was real...

You called?

You're going to build a real one?


 I'll build one, just with a BMW Mini, can;t fit my fat American posterior in one of those tiny liddle things :P
The H wing looks an awful lot like the Boeing X-48
Hmm, but then some googleing shows MIT had a BWB back in 2006 the SAX 40.   Whatever.
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