Coming Soon To An Airport Near You: The D8 "Double-Bubble"

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 2 months ago in Tech

Nicknamed the "double-bubble" because of its joined twin hulls, the D8 is a joint project between MIT, NASA, and the airline industry. By reducing the jet's cruising speed 10%, engineers were able to redesign the plane's wing configuration and lower drag. Add to that more efficient engines, and you get a whopping 50% savings in fuel consumption. Other benefits include a roomier interior, faster boarding and deplaning with two aisles, and less engine noise, both inside and outside the aircraft.




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Male 2,528
If Aurora Flight Sciences has anything to do with it, it'll never get off the ground. 

They've been trying to make an impact in the aerospace community since the late 80's, and have failed every inch of the way. 
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Male 5,261
I would have loved to see Boing's flying wing passenger jet be built, but I guess It would have been to hard to control at the time to have been safe
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Male 38,773
love it when he says " two tousand".... no "h".  great accent
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Male 5,261
Gerry1of1 Two tousand fiddy tree
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Male 306
moving forwards by going slower -_-
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Male 2,264
About time we upgrade our aero-vehicles.  This is pretty cool.  I agree with fancylad I wish I could have flown on a Concorde, and I have Mr T Syndrome...
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Male 20,304
I never lived out the dream of traveling by Concorde, but I'm not missing a chance to fly in this thing. 
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Male 2,978
fancylad Ditto. I'm looking forward to it. Once these D8s are flying, it'll be obvious to everyone on the ground because the silhouette is completely different from today's airliners: it has a very stocky body and long, thin, unswept wings.
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Male 5,261
squrlz4ever I personally can't believe in the Idea of Squirrels flying. If they were meant to fly they would have been given wings or  at least over sized skin flaps behind the front legs
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Male 1,023
thezigrat The flying squrlz here in SC have upped my game for night shooting. Only problem is they run on the small side and you have to get more of them for a decent meal.
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Male 2,978
scheckydamon Schecky, what will you do if you make it up to the pearly gates, St. Peter swings open the door, and says "The Great Squirrel will see you now. He has a few questions."?
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Male 1,023
squrlz4ever Offer him a plate of my fabulous stew. Come on Squrlz, lighten up. You eat nuts, I eat your  cousins. It's the circle of life.
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Male 2,978
scheckydamon ~gnaws on Shecky's foot for a moment~ Hmph. Guess I'll keep circling.
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Male 1,023
squrlz4ever scheckydamon If you would like a little insight to my madness, I would point you to the comic called The Checkerd Demon by S. Clay Wilson. This has been my nom de gare, spelling?, since the late 60's. I try to live by his motto which is, " It's a nice day for something! " 
Oh and make sure you go for the left leg. The right one has a few pieces of Titanium in it and if you get into it you'll have to eat my stew as your  knut cracking days will be over. No dentures for squrlz you know. 
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Male 5,261
scheckydamon Ever try using the Punt Gun? It is a shot gun  used to take out a whole flock of geese at once
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