System Level Implications of Changes in Future Aircraft Mission Specifications

Future reductions of fuel burn and green house gas emissions from commercial aviation will be, in large part, achieved through the development and use of more fuel- and environmentally-efficient aircraft. Achieving significant efficiency improvements at the aircraft level may require opening up the design space so as to consider changes in aircraft design mission specifications/capabilities such as lower cruise speed, different payload-range characteristics, and longer wing span. However, there are potentially serious and unforeseen system-wide implications (economics, viability, delays, manufacturability, etc.) that could result from these changes and that have not yet been quantified properly. The main objective of this project is to understand and quantify these implications so that informed decisions can be made.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Moran, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hansman, R

  • Start Date: 20110302
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40139

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01571694
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 09-C-NE-MIT-035
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2015 1:00AM