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At NASA Dryden, the futuristic X-48C gets ready to fly

CNET -- If you want to know what the future of airplane design looks like, you might have to make your way out to the middle of the Mojave Desert.

Tucked away inside a nondescript warehouse building at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center here, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, Boeing, and Cranfield Aerospace are working on an entirely new kind of plane, one which they hope could someday revolutionize aviation.

Known as a hybrid wing body, the plane design, which NASA describes as a cross between a conventional plane and a flying wing design, is thought to offer long-term benefits in fuel efficiency, fuel capacity, and noise reduction.

It looks radically different from today's aircraft... the X-48 would probably offer a fuel efficiency improvement of between 20% and 30%.


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tomok
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:48:00 AM

...thought to offer long-term benefits in fuel efficiency, fuel capacity, and noise reduction.
Adapt design improvements to commercial aviation for better fuel efficiency and noise reduction but you will never know if there is no testing of the design.
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The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:51:31 AM

Time and technology marches on
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:36:19 AM

Old 'news'.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:55:03 PM

Flying will change as will cars. We have to keep improving but first we must take care of today's needs. DRILL and PUMP the oil
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:43:25 PM

And still the airlines will figure out how to still: lose our luggage, pack us in like sardines, treat us like crap, and not be on time.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:40:52 PM

ok
52MPG
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:38:45 PM

A 50% fuel improvement over the 707. WOW!
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:38:02 PM

Nice but what does this have to do with fuel economy for my auto? Unless the net generation auto with have wings.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:35:23 PM

I wonder how much it will have cost in R&D by the time it becomes reality
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:33:55 PM

This I got to see.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:33:44 PM

ya, that's a nice looking plane
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:33:20 PM

cool
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:29:10 PM

woohoo ;)
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:29:04 PM

Fuel efficiency is the name of the game. Same as with the vehicles we drive today. Technology and materials these guys come up with will make its way to the vehicles we drive in the future. Just wonder what the cost will be?
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I'd still take our space shuttle back, any day!
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:24:32 PM

great
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:23:38 PM

seems neat
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:22:49 PM

Ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:18:05 PM

Cool Airplane :).
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SSDD
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:16:38 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:15:38 PM

They do need something new.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:14:38 PM

Looks cool too, not everything has to be about saving gas but this does. :-)
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:14:23 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:12:42 PM

Interesting.
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OK
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Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:12:03 PM

Please state how this article portends directly to lower gasoline prices at the pump.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:11:43 PM

Otherwise known as a shaceship. :-)
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OK
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:11:03 PM

This design seems like any other jet.
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Why all the "ok" posts? What's OK?
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gasbuddy.com = vehicles, oil, gas
NASA = govt waste, space - OT
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:09:16 PM

will be interesting to see what comes of this.
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We'll see
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:07:18 PM

Technology is the way to go!
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Ok
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Where is my flying car?
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fine
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imagine that
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.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:59:19 PM

I fear that this is just another waste of our tx dollars. But may be not. We do need to keep ahead with new technology.
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:51:25 PM

What a joke NASA waste more tax dollars than any other part of government
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Didn't obama cut NASA's budget?
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:47:57 PM

At $59 per gallon they'd better come up with some efficiencies.
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