It would be good to think of an aircraft that would run on reduced fuel. Fuel consumption being an important factor, NASA aims at developing an aircraft which would help reduce the consumption rate.
They have developed an innovative flying wing aircraft which consumes about 50% fuel than what the others do. The new X-48C flying wing aircraft uses less fuel than the standard planes.
It has also proved to be an excellent innovation with its low noise and enhanced body than its predecessor, X-48B. The X-48C is based on the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft, and will fly 92 flights at NASA Dryden between 2007 and 2010.
The X-48C uses a well-ordered engine type, Ultra-High Bypass Ratio Engine, which helps it reduce fuel usage. NASA program manager Fay Collier says that the development might take eight to 10 years and will be much more difficult to implement this technology into standard aircraft.
The innovative technology could help NASA to reduce the mass of the aircraft by 25%. The researchers are now building a 30-foot-wide, two-level pressurized structure to test the manufacturing skill. It is planned to be ready in 2015.