The world’s largest manufacturer of aircrafts explores planes of tomorrow.
As part of NASA’s N+3 program that explores aircrafts from three generations ahead, Boeing undertook a study on the future of air travel, examining various subsonic and supersonic concepts that aimed at drastic operational and environmental improvements over current models. One of the concepts was a hypothetical plane called SUGAR Volt that will use considerably less fuel, reduce noise and take off from short distances.
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SUGAR Volt – which includes an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system – can reduce fuel burn by more than 70 percent and total energy use by 55 percent. This fuel burn reduction and the “greening” of the electrical power grid can greatly reduce emissions of life cycle carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Hybrid electric propulsion also has the potential to shorten takeoff distance and reduce noise.