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A man performs installation measures for the TTBW in 14x22 subsonic wind tunnel.

TTBW Prepares For More Tests

Instrumentation Technician, Michael “Mick” Hodgins, performs installation measures on the trans-sonic truss-braced wing (TTBW) model in NASA Langley Research Center’s 14x22 subsonic wind tunnel in Hampton, Virginia. The unique design of the aircraft’s wings reduces drag during flight, which in turn reduces fuel consumption by up to 10%. This concept is part of an ongoing initiative by NASA, industry partners, and academia to make the future of aviation more environmentally friendly through the Sustainable Flight National Partnership (SFNP). The SFNP will expand research for sustainable aviation by developing and testing new technologies for aircraft, new automation tools for greener and safer airspace operations, and sustainable energy options for aircraft propulsion. The TTBW will undergo a variety of aerodynamic testing as researchers continue to test key flight components such as increased lift and reduced drag.

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