NASA to Provide $425 Million Towards Boeing’s Fuel-Efficient Airliner Research Project
On January 18, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a partnership with New England Council member, Boeing on their “Sustainable Flight Demonstrator” Project, with the goal of creating a fuel-efficient airliner in compliance with the Biden administration’s emission goals.
The United States Department of Transportation and the aviation industry have set a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050, with the Biden Administration aiming to lower emissions by 20% by 2030. Thus, the goal of the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project is to work towards exactly that. Over the next seven years, NASA plans to both allocate $425 million and help develop a new, energy-efficient airplane with Boeing. While the goal of this project is to “produce and test a full-scale demonstrator,” this research will be able to provide the means to lower emissions in commercial airplanes worldwide. NASA believes testing will be complete by the late 2020s, and the technologies impacting industry decisions in the 2030s.
The Boeing Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Dave Calhoun said, “If it doesn’t have a sustainability wrapper all around it, if it can’t meet the emissions tests, if it can’t deliver significant performance advantages, then there won’t be an airplane,” reassuring the goals of the project.
The New England Council commends both NASA and Boeing for their commitment to energy sustainability and environmental consciousness.
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