Why is this blog called Hanger Rash? It’s meant to be a place for discussing advanced concepts and aircraft conceptual design studies for models found in the VSP Hanger. If you look up the definition of Rash you will see that the meanings are… “Resulting from ill-considered haste” or “Quick in producing a strong effect”. Advanced concepts often generate these opinions, as new configurations with new technologies are seen for the first time. I’ll attempt to explain if new concepts are nonsense or merely generating a strong response. Remember, anything really new seen for the first time always looks strange; the question is, does new = better.
VSP is incredibly effective at putting together advanced aircraft concepts that can ask fundamental “What if?” questions – and help to quickly get answers whether it’s worth continuing a new line of thought. A recent conceptual design study that we conducted at NASA Langley asked the question “Is it possible to reduce the operating costs of an advanced General Aviation (GA) aircraft by a factor of 10?” Asking such a question requires establishing a good baseline model (such as the Cirrus SR-20/22), and then putting together a good conceptual geometric representation of the proposed solution to compare to that State-of-the-Art (SOA) reference. So I thought you’d like see one of the VSP model concepts we came up with to meet this question, and a … Read more