Airbus unveils prototype of futuristic plane

Airbus says this aircraft will have a "blended wing body design" will reduce emissions by 20 percent.


NSFW    LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS — Airbus unveiled a prototype for a new aircraft called MAVERICK at the Singapore Airshow on February 11.

MAVERICK is an acronym for Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls.

The prototype is two meters long and 3.2 meters wide, according to a press release from the company. Airbus has yet to unveil the dimensions of a full-sized MAVERICK.

The company states in the press release that MAVERICK will have a "blended wing body design," which would allow the aircraft to potentially burn up to 20 percent less fuel in comparison to traditional planes.

The press release explained that MAVERICK will also have a shielded engine above its central body that will reduce aircraft noise significantly.

Its design would also allow the plane to utilize different types of propulsion systems, though Airbus has yet to specify what these might be.

Airbus explained the unique design will allow the aircraft to have a wide cabin layout, which would provide passengers with extra legroom and larger aisles.

According to WIRED, the aircraft may accommodate fewer window seats than traditional airplanes due to its design, though this may lead to more creative seating arrangements than what are usually present in traditional planes.
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