The future of flying

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The ‘double bubble’ D8 plane is a twin-hull plane that is designed to make the experience of flying easier.As part of the contract, Aurora will build components as the company develops a 1:2 scale demonstrator .Design is expected to provide faster loading and unloading and a quieter, more comfortable takeoff .Plane is designed to fly at 582 mph (936 km/h) with 180 passengers over a range of 3,500 miles (5,500 km).The original X-plane was the first to break the sound barrier in 1947, famously piloted by Chuck Yeager

Nasa is bringing back the era of ‘X-planes’ – a series of experimental aircraft first tested by the space agency in the 1940s. Among its plans is the ‘double bubble’ D8, which is a twin-hull plane that is designed to make the experience of flying more fuel efficient, with faster loading and unloading and a quieter, more comfortable takeoff.

The design was initially developed by Aurora Flight Sciences and MIT in 2008, and now Nasa has awarded the company a $2.9 million (£2.19 million) contract to make a scale model of the aircraft.

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