New Plane Designs By MIT To Reduce Fuel Consumption By 75 Percent

Travel News — By Jules Auger on May 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

There’s no doubt about it – mankind is entering a changing world, one where fossil fuels are no longer available to simply use and discard without a second thought. Now, many of the side effects include such unpleasantness as pollution, the destruction of the ozone, and prices that would make Rockefeller himself cringe.

One of the greatest consumers of refined fuel is the aircraft. The Boeing 747 itself has become notorious for burning up to 5 gallons of fuel per mile traveled. As one can imagine, those costs are quick to add up, and environmental impact aside, airlines are undoubtedly looking for a way to make their aircraft more efficient and less of a burden on Mother Nature.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more commonly referred to as MIT, may have come up with a solution to stun the globe and all Earth-conscious travel enthusiasts. The result of extensive NASA funding, the new commercial aircraft concept could soon hit the market in 2035, saving up to 70 percent more fuel on an average flight path.

The concept plane’s genius lies in the idea that current airplane designs are both outdated and impractical – aeronautics and astronautics professor Ed Greitzer from MIT states that the current aircraft does not take the many advantages that can be provided simply by natural wind-flow that the concept design makes a point of exploiting.

Despite this, it is said that the new design could be up to 10 percent slower in reaching its intended destination. Confident with their work, the MIT team justified this with the theory that with the plane’s unusual layout, boarding times will be much speedier, evening out this inequality.

Ideally, the two concept designs will be available operational by 2035. Considering that air travel is expected to double by then and oil prices will undoubtedly skyrocket at some point twenty-five years from now, the aircraft will without a doubt be met with great praise and applause for the industry’s ingenuity in reducing our dependency on what has shown itself to be a temporary and impractical means to power our engines.

[Image: MIT]

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