NASA’s X66-A Aircraft to Make Aerospace Carbon-Neutral Written 20 June 2023


X-66A. | Credit: NASA

The Daily Mail reports that NASA’s collaboration “to build, test, and fly a full-scale demonstrator – which will carry the US Air Force test name X-66A – will see a $425 million commitment from the space agency as well as $725 million invested by Boeing and its industry partners.” A new wing design will be utilized on the X-66A, dubbed the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing, “which makes better use of the gliding potential, requiring less fuel to propel it forward.” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said, “The X-66A will help shape the future of aviation. A new era where aircraft are greener, cleaner, and quieter, and create new possibilities for the flying public and American industry alike.” NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s Associate Administrator Bob Pearce “announced the US Air Force’s X-plane designation last week at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aviation Forum in San Diego.”
Full Story (Daily Mail)