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June 2007 edition

University's 'Greenliner' an advanced study in saving the environment

Aeronautics students from the department of aerospace engineering at the U.K.'s Cranfield University have designed a green aircraft. Prof. John Fielding, head of the department, says: "The students had to develop a concept design for a 380 seat 'green' airliner that would be more environmentally friendly than existing aircraft and had potential for further development."

The challenge was part of their MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design. The 49-strong team of post-graduate students produced and developed their designs to a detailed stage in seven months.

Fielding adds: "The radical and distinctively shaped A6 'Greenliner' is packed full of ideas designed to make the aircraft as green as possible."

In developing their ideas, students were able to access the design facilities at Cranfield, wh....

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