Technological development for next generation aircraft in 15 to 25 years
A future private air transportation system is expected to be further expanded and diversified in terms of transportation style such as increased low cost carriers (LCCs) and more convenient methods by smaller aircraft. Therefore, compared to conventional methods, a new air transportation system shall be developed with much greater flexible operability. However, we also expect to face further requirements to reduce propellant consumption in the backdrop of global warming and the increasing needs of air transportation.
In our project, we engage in research and development aimed at creating highly environment-friendly technology with a goal of an aircraft that doesn't consume fossil fuel. The key technology for achieving our aim is an electric propulsion system designed specifically for aircraft. While we are trying to add more value by capitalizing on the benefits of electrification, we are also working on elemental research in order to overcome any potential hurdles.
Image of future-oriented electrified aircraft
Past research and development
JAXA conducted research and technology on the Vertical Take Off and Landing (cluster fan VTOL) aircraft between 2001 and 2007 as part of R&D for future-oriented aircraft technology. The VTOL aircraft is a quiet high-speed plane developed based on a light-weight small vertical taking off and landing fan, JAXA's unique technology.