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New quiet SST coming.The US space agency is preparing to put in the sky an array of new experimental aircraft known as X-planes and intended to carry on the legacy of demonstrating advanced technologies that will push back the frontiers of aviation. The goals include showcasing how airliners can burn half the fuel and generate 75 percent less pollution during each flight as compared to now, while also being much quieter than today's jets perhaps even when flying supersonic. QueSST (Quiet Supersonic Technology) aims to fix something the X-1 first introduced to the flying world nearly 70 years ago - the publicly annoying loud sonic boom.A preliminary design contract was awarded in February to a team led by Lockheed Martin. This new supersonic X-plane could fly in the 2020 timeframe.http://gadgets.ndtv.com/science/news/nasa-gears-up-for-next-generation-x-planes-829821 .
What are winglets? Induced drag can be overcome by making the wing longer. In fact, the general rule is, the longer the wingspan, the lower the induced drag. But in many instances, airplane makers simply don't have the option of making the wings longer. For example, narrow-body airliners such as the Boeing 737 and 757 often operate from gates at airports designed for short-to medium-range domestic flights. Since these flights usually require smaller aircraft, they have less room apportioned to them. As a result, wingspan is effectively limited by the size of the parking space the plane is allotted at the gate. Winglets help mitigate the effects of "induced drag." When an aircraft is in flight, the air pressure on top of the wing is lower than the air pressure under the wing. Near the wing tips, the high-pressure air under the wing rushes to the lower-pressure areas on top, which results in the creation of vortices. The vortices flow in a three-dimensional manner over the wings. They not only pull air up and over the wing, but they also pull air back. That third component is induced drag. With the advent of winglets, the aircraft is able to weaken the strength of wingtip vortices and, more important, cut down on induced drag along the whole wing.So instead of the adding wingspan by making the wings longer, Boeing adds wingspan by going vertical with winglets.https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/heres-simple-reason-planes-winglets-200237569.html
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