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TsAGI to display the Future of Aviation at MAKS 2015

20 August 2015

At the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS 2015, the Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI) will present its potential future aerospace development concepts. These concepts will become the basis for innovative projects in air transport. The exposition will consist of aerodynamic models of aircraft created by the scientists of FSUE TsAGI in the framework of the Federal Target Program, “Development of Civil Aircraft Engineering of Russia for 2002–2010 and the Period until 2015.”

“Each exhibit presented by our Institute at MAKS 2015 contains a number of competitive advantages — in velocity, cost effectiveness, environmental compatibility and other aspects,” explained the General Director of FSUE TsAGI Sergey Chernyshev. “It’s important to note that we can also demonstrate the results of our work in international cooperation; for example, the model of aircraft which will become the HEXAFLY-INT Project.” Visitors will see a diversified exposition inasmuch as FSUE TsAGI will show the developments in the field of passenger and cargo transportation: the latter will be represented by a twin-fuselage plane and an ummanned aircraft.

The Institute will demonstrate a number of projects of high-speed aircraft at the Air Show. In this segment FSUE TsAGI will present for the first time a model of the supersonic business/passenger plane to the public. The aircraft will be able to reach a cruising speed about 1,900 km/h and will meet current environmental requirements.

Another prospective development in the field of passenger aviation of the future which will be on display by FSUE TsAGI will be a model of the high-speed civil aircraft. It was created by Institute specialists in the framework of the international project HEXAFLY-INT. The aircraft will have non-standard design features and is proposed to fly on hydrogen fuel. The anticipated speed characteristics are impressive: 7,000–8,000 km/h.

An interesting solution in terms of configuration will be demonstrated by a model of the high-speed administrative plane with bubble fuselage created by a team of scientists at FSUE TsAGI. Due to a unique shape developed by Institute specialists, the aircraft will allow passengers to travel with increased comfort. It’s anticipated to develop a higher speed than existing developments in similar class: 850–900 km/h.

At MAKS 2015, the Institute will also show one of the latest projects focused on reduction of aircraft noise: the model of a short-haul plane with laminar wing and upper arrangement of engines. In this development the scientists of FSUE TsAGI propose to use a slightly swept wing to prevent undesirable aerodynamic phenomena. The location of propulsion units above the trailing edge of the wings gives a number of advantages, particularly, the low noise level adjacent to airports.

In addition to the achievements in passenger aviation, FSUE TsAGI will present to the visitors of MAKS 2015 projects focused on solving the problem of cargo transportation. One is the model of an unmanned aircraft for vertical takeoff and landing with lift fans. This development of the scientists of the Russian center of aviation science can be operated on very confined grounds inaccessible for fixed-wing and rotary-wing unmanned aircraft. The air transport vehicle will have a load-carrying capacity of 400 kg and range of up to 300 km, but with smaller overall dimensions compared to conventional design unmanned aircraft. Among other advantages, there are operation safety and reduced noise levels.

The problems of large-scale cargo transportation will be solved by the FSUE TsAGI project in the creation of a twin-fuselage transport aircraft. Compared with two single-fuselage planes with a commercial load of 40 tons, its takeoff weight is less by approximately 9%, and its cost is 10-12% lower. The twin-fuselage carrier plane model can be seen in detail at the exposition.

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