Regulate the environmental impact of supersonic civil aviation

Title of the research project

MOREandLESS - MDO and REgulations for Low-boom and Environmentally Sustainable Supersonic aviation

Scientific area 

Aerospace, Emissions, Climate Impact, Citizen protection


MOREandLESS will assess the environmental sustainability of future supersonic civil transport aircraft through a holistic approach.

Description of the research project 

The need of developing a faster and safer, but also more sustainable civil aviation system challenges aerospace industries to design a new generation of supersonic aircraft. The objective of the project is to contribute to define, in Europe and together with a larger international community, new standards for supersonic aviation that is expected to be environmentally sustainable, for what concerns noise, pollutant and greenhouse gases emissions, and to guarantee a high-level protection of citizens.

A multidisciplinary analysis will include aerodynamics, propulsion systems, emissions and climate impact sciences, with the aim of developing guidelines for the European Union and the international community, represented in the project by two American collaborators (Boom Technology and Boeing). The project will dialogue with European Union and international regulatory bodies. The study will advance further low environmental impact high-speed aircraft concepts in Europe (Stratofly project). New types of fuel such as biofuel and liquid hydrogen will be tested. New generations of students, scientists, engineers will be involved in the project, thus contributing to train professionals with the competence needed to design the future environmentally sustainable supersonic aviation.

Impact on society

The project will contribute to maintain a high environmental protection level, comparable to the standards guaranteed by the future subsonic aviation, while developing supersonic civil aviation, for what concerns climate change, air quality and noise.

 MOREandLESS gathers competences of Universities, Research Centers, Industries, Small and Medium Enterprises, Associations, to conceive standards and regulations useful for regulatory bodies, policy makers and civil aviation sector industries.

Working group @Polito 

Nicole Viola, Associate professor, Prohject coordinator

Roberta Fusaro, Researcher

Davide Ferretto, Postdoc

Oscar Gori, PhD student

Luca De Giorgi, Postdoc

National and International partners

Boom Technology, United States of America

The Boeing Company, United States of America

Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali, Italy

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany

ECATS International Association AISBL, Belgium


Fundación de Ingeniería Civil de Galicia, Spain

Institutul National De Cercetare-Dezvoltare Aerospatiala “Elie Carafoli”, Romania

Institut Franco-Allemand De Recherches de Saint Louis (ISL) France/Germany

Institut Von Karman de Dynamique des Fluides, Belgium

Lunds Universitet (LUND) Sweden

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) The Netherlands

Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH) Germany


MOREandLESS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No.101006856

  • Budget: 5.000.000 euro
  • Start date: 1/01/2021
  • End date: 31/01/2024