PHOTOS: Fuel-Saving Designs Win Future-Plane Contest

PHOTOS: Fuel-Saving Designs Win Future-Plane Contest
<< Previous   4 of 5   Next >>
The X-TS Advanced Multirole Aircraft, designed by Alexander LePage and Christopher Richards at the University of Central Florida, carries its engines atop its wings. The unusual design won an honorable mention in the 2008 Fundamental Aeronautics Student Competition, NASA announced on July 7.

Putting the engines on top deflects noise away from the ground and helps the aircraft take off on a shorter runway.

In addition, the engines were designed to accommodate current and future fuel technologies, including "the integration of hydrogen fuel-cell engines, when the technology becomes available," LePage and Richards said.

More Photos in the News
Today's 15 Most Read Stories
Free Email Newsletter: Focus on Photography
—Image by University of Central Florida/Courtesy NASA
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.