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Supersonic Flying Wing
08-31-2012, 04:12 PM #1
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Supersonic Flying Wing Nabs $100,000 from NASA


Quote:An aircraft that resembles a four-point ninja star could go into supersonic mode by simply turning 90 degrees in midair. The unusual "flying wing" concept has won $100,000 in NASA funding to trying becoming a reality for future passenger jet travel.

The supersonic, bidirectional flying wing idea comes from a team headed by Ge-Chen Zha, an aerospace engineer at Florida State University. He said the fuel-efficient aircraft could reach supersonic speeds without the thunderclap sound produced by a sonic boom —

The midair transformation allows the aircraft to fly in its most fuel-efficient modes at both subsonic and supersonic speeds, Zha explained. Jet engines located on top of the aircraft in concept illustrations appear to rotate independently of the aircraft so that they can always point forward in flight.

Such midair spinning might sound unpleasant for people riding the aircraft. But a five-second rotation would only cause pilots and passengers to experience a "g-force" just one-tenth the force of gravity — less than what airline passengers experience during takeoff.

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08-31-2012, 04:47 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Interesting find, Kreeper. Any new design that gets me there quicker is great. I don't like sitting in a plane for more than 2 hours - I want out.



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08-31-2012, 04:53 PM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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This vid is very interesting...only 8 min and 3 secs. chuckle.gif

09-01-2012, 03:02 AM #4
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