Specialists examined a 22.5 kg and 3-meter scale mannequin of the futuristic airplane, developed by researchers at Delft College of Expertise within the Netherlands and companion Dutch airline KLM, to take the extremely anticipated plane alongside its subsequent developmental steps.
A staff of researchers and engineers examined the plane at a guarded airbase in Germany, the place they labored with an Airbus staff to check takeoffs, maneuvers and approaches, and touchdown.
“The staff optimized the scaled flight mannequin to stop the difficulty however the proof of the pudding is within the consuming. It’s essential fly to know for certain,” he mentioned.
Remotely controlling the plane, researchers managed take off at a velocity of 80 kmh, whereas the plane’s flight speeds, angles and thrust had been as deliberate, they famous.
Specialists labored arduous to optimize the airplane: with a purpose to enhance telemetry, the staff was compelled to alter the plane’s heart of gravity and modify its antenna.
There may be nonetheless work to be finished to refine the plane earlier than it might take to the skies with passengers aboard: researchers mentioned that the take a look at flight confirmed that the plane’s present design permits for an excessive amount of “Dutch roll,” which causes a tough touchdown.
Specialists plan to make use of the info collected from the take a look at flight for an aerodynamic mannequin of the plane, permitting them to program it in a flight simulator for future checks, and to enhance flights. The staff will conduct extra checks on the mannequin, and hope to supply the Flying-V with sustainable propulsion, provided that the design lends itself to carrying liquid hydrogen as a substitute of kerosene.