Status of Research and Development of the Hybrid Wing Body Aircraft
Wednesday, 29 September 2021 16:00 - 16:30
Collier will provide a brief overview of the 30-year research and development history of the hybrid (blended) wing body aircraft configuration, and will summarize with current challenges and opportunities facing this promising configuration.
Associate Director for Flight Strategy, Integrated Aviation Systems Program
Fay is the Associate Director for Flight Strategy, Integrated Aviation Systems Program for NASA Aeronautics. In this capacity he leads planning and formulation of large flight demonstrations. He is currently focused on pre-formulation of a sustainable flight demonstrator. From 2016 to October 2020, he led formulation of a Megawatt-class electrified powertrain system flight demonstration with the industrial base, other government, and academia.
Previously, from 2009-2016, Fay was the Project Manager of the Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project within NASA’s Integrated System Research Program. In this role, he directed the formulation and execution of NASA’s integrated system research project focused on the subsonic transport sector, working in partnership with Industry, FAA, AFRL and other government agencies. The technology development project was focused on research, development and integration of engine and airframe technologies that enable dramatic improvements in noise, emissions, and performance characteristics of future subsonic aircraft operating in the air transportation system. The six-year, $420M project closed out in March 2016, meeting all technical objectives. During the 6-year life cycle, ERA over 1000 individuals from government and industry collaborated on the project. The ERA Team was awarded the Aviation Week Laureate Award for Technology in 2016, the Royal Aeronautical Society Team Specialists Gold Award in 2017.
Fay is a graduate of Virginia Tech (Aerospace Engineering, B.S., 1981, M.S., 1982, Ph.D., 1988) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.B.A., 1997). He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Fellow of the AIAA.