The bigger picture: SE200 aircraft concept
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SE Aeronautics has released details of a novel tri-wing widebody aircraft concept with a 100 per cent monocoque moulded fuselage. The plane would carry up to 264 passengers with a non-stop range of 10,560 miles.
Lloyd Weaver is chief engineer at the Alabama-based start-up, which he co-founded in 2010. He says: “Our innovative technology and new aircraft design will lower fuel consumption by 70 per cent and lower CO2 emissions by 80 per cent as measured by per seat-kilometre.
“The innovative design is a more efficient, light-tri-wing configuration that greatly improves lift over drag, resulting in short take-off and landing capabilities and extremely long flights. The construction is all composite, moulded in one tough, safer piece. We also incorporated super-thin, long wings and complete streamlining from the nose to the tail.”
Propulsion will be from two “super-efficient” (SE) engines mounted at the rear, with fuel stored in self-sealing bladders on top of the fuselage rather than in the wings.
A new ‘once-through’ air feed ventilation system never recirculates air in the cabin, reducing risk of exposure to airborne disease from other infected passengers.
SE Aeronautics is looking for investment to take the SE200 forward.
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