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Even with all the advances in battery technology and hydrogen fuel cells, these are still far from optimal for the aerospace industry. Therefore, we have yet to see platforms that can match their fossil-fueled counterparts in terms of range. Bombardier, on the other hand, recently conducted small-scale test flights of its EcoJet concept.
If subsequent trials yield favorable results, a full-scale test model will soon take to the skies. Instead of focusing its time and efforts on developing emission-free propulsion systems, the company is aiming for something more achievable with current resources.
EcoJet also promotes the use of a blended wing design to increase overall efficiency. According to reports, its aerodynamic form factor should reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent. Bombardier’s Senior Vice President of Technology and Product Development Stephen McCullough notes, “We are very pleased to see the very engaging results delivered to date.”
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As indicated by the manager, the EcoJet project will not only focus on the aircraft, but it will ensure that everything else is on par with what the future of aviation needs. The mixed wing architecture should minimize drag and provide sufficient lift, which in turn reduces the load on the engines.
Bombardier also confirms that their upcoming platform should be compatible with alternative propulsion systems down the road. This means service providers and partners can retrofit their EcoJets with battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and other sustainable options.
“The research project has generated high interest across the industry, and we look forward to mobilizing partners as we continue to define the future of business aviation,” McCullough said of the EcoJect project.
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