The world was stunned with airbus A380 and it was a marvel to experience which happens to be the handiwork of Airbus company.
Airbus is deemed as the pioneers of the aerospace business and have established their authority with big aircrafts over the years for varied purposes such as military, paramedics, helicopter, satellite and launch vehicles, cargo, passenger transport etc.
Airbus has awed the world again with ” Beluga XL” after the groundbreaking record with a380.
Beluga is a type of whale found in the artic and very distinct with its all white color which happens to be one of its nickname. It can grow up 5.5 m (18 ft) long and weighing up to 1,600 kg (3,530 lb).
It is no wonder Airbus decided to mimick this mammoth sea creature. Technology and innovations is pushing human to the best of its prowess and Airbus is exhibiting just that.
Beluga XL characteristics
Capacity: 50,500 kg (111,333 lb) payload
Length: 63.1 m (207 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 60.3 m (197 ft 10 in)
Height: 18.9 m (62 ft 0 in)
Wing area: 361.6 m2 (3,892 sq ft)
Aspect ratio: 10.1
Empty weight: 127,500 kg (281,089 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 227,000 kg (500,449 lb)
Fuselage diameter: 8.8 m (29 ft)
Cargo hold: 2,209 m3 (78,000 cu ft) volume
Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Trent 700 turbofan, 316 kN (71,000 lbf) thrust each
Cruise speed: 737 km/h (458 mph; 398 kn) , Mach 0.69 at FL350
Range: 4,260 km; 2,647 mi (2,300 nmi) at max payload
Service ceiling: 11,000 m (35,000 ft)
Indeed Airbus as a company is pushing and challenging the frontiers of the aerospace business.