NASA has awarded a third contract to a team led by Boeing for studies designed for airliners to fly with less noise, cleaner exhaust and lower fuel consumption in 2025.
NASA said in a statement that it is refering to “technology that is two generations more advanced than what is on aircraft in service today as N+2. A key objective of the N+2 research is to ensure the technological elements proposed for meeting NASA’s noise, emissions and fuel burn reduction goals can be integrated on a single aircraft that could operate safely within a modernized air traffic management system. ”
A team led by the Boeing Company was selected for a contract worth US$5.29 million. The contract has a performance period of one year beginning this month, NASA continues.
NASA has previously awarded two contracts worth US$2.99 million and US$2.65 million to teams led by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
The Boeing team will define a preferred system concept for an aircraft that can achieve speeds up to 85 percent of the speed of sound, cover a range of nearly 7,000 miles and carry between 50,000 and 100,000 pounds of payload, either passengers or cargo.