Sustainable Flight Demonstrator Project:
NASA and Boeing will partner in the development and flight test of a full-scale Transonic Truss-Braced Wing demonstrator aircraft under SFD project.
- The partnership aims to revolutionize the commercial aviation industry through a much more fuel-efficient design of narrow body airliners
- The project aims to engage with industry, academia, and other government organizations to identify, select, and mature key airframe technologies, such as new wing designs, that have a high probability of transition to the next generation single-aisle seat class airliner
- The project is one of the key components of the Sustainable Flight National Partnership
- NASA and Boeing will invest over $1 billion to build, test, and fly a full-scale demonstrator aircraft this decade
- The aircraft, currently known as the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator (SFD), will test the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) concept
- The TTBW concept involves a plane with extra-long, thin wings stabilized by diagonal struts, resulting in a more fuel-efficient aircraft
- The SFD aircraft is scheduled to fly in 2028.
- Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) concept is a new design for a commercial aircraft that aims to revolutionize the aviation industry through a much more fuel-efficient design of narrow body airliners.