A mini version of the the futuristic and fuel efficient concept Flying-V airplane successfully made its first test flight. The Flying-V was designed and developed by a team of researchers from the Delft Technology University in the Netherlands and is financially backed by Ditch airline, KLM.
The idea behind the Flying-V is to design an airplane that is more fuel efficient than current day aircraft’s. The research team plan on achieving this by placing the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings of the airplane. Researchers believe the Flying-V’s new aerodynamic design could cut fuel consumption down by as much as 20% compared to current day aircraft’s.
The test flight involved a 22.5 kg and 3-meter scale model of the Flying-V take to the skies while it was controlled via remote at an airport in Germany.
“One of our worries was that the aircraft might have some difficulty lifting-off, since previous calculations had shown that ‘rotation’ could be an issue,” Roelof Vos, assistant professor at the aerospace engineering faculty of Delft’s University of Technology explained in a statement.
The research team now plan on using the information gathered from this test flight to create an aerodynamic model of the aircraft, allowing them to program it in a flight simulator for future tests, which will improve future flights. There is also more work to be done before a full-scale version the Flying-V can take to skies. Researchers noted that the current design of the aircraft allows for too much “Dutch roll,” which causes the aircraft to experience a rough landing, according to CNN.
Take a look at the test flight below:
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