Airbus wants to change the shape of commercial flights

CNET | 2/11/2020 | Staff
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Your eyes aren't deceiving you, the MAVERIC really is that small.

Since the start of commercial flight, the basic shape of an airplane hasn't changed radically. Take a long tube, stick on a pair of wings, add a tail assembly and you pretty much have an airplane. Yes, aeronautical design is a bit more complicated than that, and a Boeing 747 barely resembles a Douglas DC-3, but anyone would instantly recognize either one as an airplane.

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But one day there's a chance, albeit a small one, you may soar through the sky in a much different shape. At the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday, Airbus publicly revealed a blended-wing aircraft design it says could end up in passenger service.

A view from above shows the MAVERIC's unique shape.

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Called MAVERIC (a much shorter way of saying Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls), the aircraft is a pilotless demonstrator that's just 2 meters long and 3.2 meters wide. Though the aircraft has been in testing since June, Airbus has largely kept it under wraps until now.

Though similar to flying-wing aircraft like the Stealth Bomber, blended-wing aircraft have a shape where the fuselage and wing blend together without a clear dividing line between the two. In contrast, a flying-wing aircraft has no discernible fuselage at all.

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