Original of DLR_NEXT - What is the aircraft of the future:
The engineers of the DLR and its partners are already working on the aircraft of tomorrow. They also examine very visionary concepts. Perhaps the aircraft of the future looks just like this: There's no fuselage. Instead of the "tube" on the normally attached the wings, take the passengers in the huge wing place. This concept of a "flying wing" would have several advantages: First of all, it saves fuel. However, one must still solve many technical problems and therefore examine this concept in greater detail before it is decided whether it is really viable.
The experts are also thinking about methods, such as air can be better directed to the wings. Then, the flow would be absolutely ideal and the air resistance would be reduced. This would also be more fuel efficient.
Maybe the plane of the future will fly zero emissions: the operator could, for example, take the fuel cell. A smaller plane - called Antares - is already being used by DLR to test and is going to fly in this environmentally friendly way. Although this is only a motor glider, but the project is: In principle, it could work.
And of course should airplanes fly even more quietly. Also, there are already studies and tests in so-called acoustic channels - which you have to add: The noise level of modern aircraft today has over previous equipment already lowered significantly. But still, of course, research on further improvements and work.
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