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Imagine a plane that’s not only super fast but also goes easy on the environment. That’s the goal for NASA and Boeing’s new project, the X-66, also known as the green X-plane.

This ain’t your average airplane. This bad boy is designed to be the first of its kind to smash aviation emission goals.  The US wants to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, and this X-plane is here to help make that happen.

So, what makes this plane so special?

  • Think way longer wings: The X-66 rocks these super long wings held up by diagonal beams. This fancy design called the TTBW (Transonic Truss-Braced Wing), lets the plane fly at higher speeds and altitudes with less drag. Basically, it’s like a plane on a diet, using less fuel to fly further.
  • Tech upgrade: This eco-friendly plane isn’t just about the wings. Imagine the latest and greatest in engines, materials, and even how the whole system works together. All these upgrades combined could cut fuel use and emissions by a whopping 30%.

Building the future, one X-plane at a time! ‍

This project is a team effort between NASA and Boeing.  They’re investing a combined $1.1 billion to take this X-plane from concept to reality.  The goal? To gather info for a whole new generation of eco-friendly airplanes that you might be flying in the future.

X-66 ain't the only cool kid on the block:

Remember those crazy X-planes that broke sound barriers and touched the edge of space?  The X-66 joins that fam.  While it’s focused on being eco-friendly for everyday flights, it’s also gonna be quieter, smoother, and cheaper for passengers.  Sounds like a win-win!

So, when can we expect to see this green dream machine take flight?

The X-66 is scheduled for a take-off in 2028, with testing wrapping up in 2031.  This might seem like a while, but hey, good things take time, and this X-plane could be a major step towards a cleaner, greener future for flying!

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