As part of the agreement, NASA has confirmed that it is partnering with Boeing to develop and fly a demonstrator aircraft to trial new technologies to reduce future aviation emissions.
The companies are scheduled to collaborate for seven years for the project, with the agency investing $425 million into the development of the new capabilities.
The company is expected to invest the remainder.
Bill Nelson, NASA’s administrator, explained that making flight “more sustainable and dependable” was part of the agency’s core mission.
“It’s our goal that NASA’s partnership with Boeing to produce and test a full-scale demonstrator will help lead to future commercial airliners that are more fuel efficient, with benefits to the environment, the commercial aviation industry, and to passengers worldwide,” he said.
"If we are successful, we may see these technologies in planes that the public takes to the skies in the 2030s.”
According to the NASA press office, the project is fundamental to reduce global aircraft emissions.
With single aisle airliners making up nearly half of aviation emissions, the project hopes to develop a next generation of aircraft scheduled to enter service in the 2030s.
“NASA is working toward an ambitious goal of developing game-changing technologies to reduce aviation energy use and emissions over the coming decades toward an aviation community goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” Bob Pearce, NASA associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, said.
“The Transonic Truss-Braced Wing is the kind of transformative concept and investment we will need to meet those challenges and, critically, the technologies demonstrated in this project have a clear and viable path to informing the next generation of single-aisle aircraft, benefiting everyone that uses the air transportation system.”
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