Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boeing X-48C Wraps Up Research

Shaped like a manta ray, Blended Wing Body (BWB) is more than an idea. It's an experimental aircraft in active testing today in collaboration with NASA.
The Boeing X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time April 9, 2013, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept.

All 30 flights were conducted at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. The X-48C typically flew for approximately 30 minutes on most flights, reaching speeds of up to 140 miles per hour and attaining an altitude of about 10,000 feet. X-48C flight testing began Aug. 7, 2012.

Credi:  Boeing

Boeing and NASA will continue to develop Blended Wing Body technology, with the aspiration of developing a larger-scale, transonic BWB demonstrator in the future.

Contacts and sources:
Nate Hulings

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