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Cost-Driven Design of a Large Scale X-PlaneA conceptual design process focused on the development of a low-cost, large scale X-plane was developed as part of an internal research and development effort. One of the concepts considered for this process was the double-bubble configuration recently developed as an advanced single-aisle class commercial transport similar in size to a Boeing 737-800 or Airbus A320. The study objective was to reduce the contractor cost from contract award to first test flight to less than $100 million, and having the first flight within three years of contract award. Methods and strategies for reduced cost are discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Welstead, Jason R.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Frederic, Peter C.
(Tecolate Research, Inc. Santa Barbara, CA, United States)
Frederick, Michael A.
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Jacobson, Steven R.
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Berton, Jeffrey J.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
January 24, 2017
Publication Date
January 9, 2017
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 533127.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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