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June 16, 2024
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The research and development of a new generation of ecofriendly airliners not only require new technological steps on airframe design and aerodynamics, engines, and fuels, but foremost needs a big step in digitalization. Right now, the level of digitalization and computerization isn’t high enough to fully understand how various technical solutions interact with each other and can influence a design. This is one of the challenges highlighted in a recent study from the German Aerospace Center DLR. Eco-airliner not possible without next step in digitalization.

DLR or Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt recently published a strategy report called “On the way to emission-free”. The report describes the technological steps and other challenges that are to be overcome when developing the technology for commercial aircraft in 2050 that will have the lowest carbon emissions possible.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.