Future challenges

The ‘Silent’ aircraft is currently a conceptual design. There are many challenges that would have to be overcome before it could become a reality in the 2030 time frame.

These include market viability, financing, societal acceptance, aircraft certification, as well as the technical challenges of the propulsion system / airframe integration, structural analysis and manufacturability of non-circular pressure vessel, the mechanical design of thrust vectoring and variable area nozzle, and detailed assessment of the low speed aerodynamic performance.

The project has also clearly identified these challenges and identified a path to address them.

Last updated:06/11/06