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 - Sep 20, 2007
References: crave.cnet & sciencedaily
The experimental remote controlled Blended Wing Body aircraft has successfully completed six flights at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB, Calif. This design is more efficient than conventional aircraft design and could be a model for future aircraft including commercial airliners.

"NASA is interested in the potential benefits of the aircraft - increased volume for carrying capacity, efficient aerodynamics for reduced fuel burn, and, possibly, significant reductions in noise due to propulsion integration options," Science Daily said. "In these initial flights, the principal focus is to validate prior research on the aerodynamic performance and controllability of the shape, including comparisons of flight test data with the extensive database gathered in the wind tunnels at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia."