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The bigger picture: SE200 aircraft concept

SE Aeronautics has released details of a new tri-wing widebody aircraft concept featuring a 100 percent monocoque molded fuselage. The aircraft would carry up to 264 passengers with a non-stop range of 10,560 miles.

Lloyd Weaver is chief engineer at the Alabama start-up, which he co-founded in 2010. He says: “Our innovative technology and new aircraft design will reduce fuel consumption by 70 percent and CO2 emissions by 80 percent. measured per seat kilometer.

“The innovative design is a more efficient, lightweight tri-wing configuration that significantly improves lift over drag, resulting in short take-off and landing capabilities and extremely long flights. The construction is all composite, molded into one solid, safer piece. We’ve also built in super-thin, long wings and full aerodynamics from nose to tail.”

Propulsion will be from two “super-efficient” (SE) engines mounted at the rear, with fuel stored in self-closing bladders on top of the fuselage rather than in the wings.

A new once-through air-supplied ventilation system never recirculates air into the cabin, reducing the risk of exposure to airborne illnesses from other infected passengers. SE Aeronautics is looking for investment to drive the SE200 forward.