Aircraft of the Future?

NASA recently gave aviation enthusiasts a peek at what may lie ahead for the industry.

Green Aircraft

Green Aircraft

Seen in this photo are the environmentally-friendly aircraft designs submitted to NASA by Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. (Photos courtesy of NASA)
Boeing

Boeing

Boeing's design features a composite wing body inspired by the success of the X-48.
Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman also chose to go with an aerodynamic flying wing design, one with four Rolls Royce engines implanted within the aircraft’s upper surfaces that looks like the company’s earlier B-2.
Lockheed Martin Boxed Wing

Lockheed Martin Boxed Wing

Lockheed Martin’s proposal looks quite different, relying on a boxed wing design and a Rolls Royce Liberty Works Ultra Fan Engine with a bypass ratio 5 times higher than technology in use today.
Supersonic Aircraft

Supersonic Aircraft

This supersonic aircraft is designed to reduce drag and the sonic shockwave signature.
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AMELIA

AMELIA

Shown here is AMELIA (Advanced Model for Extreme Lift and Improved Aeroacoustics), an aircraft design with short takeoff and landing capabilities produced by California Polytechnic State Institute.
Boxed Wing

Boxed Wing

**An artist's conception of a boxed- or joined-wing design. According to NASA, this design is one of several that could enter service in the 2020 timeframe.
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Double Bubble D8

Double Bubble D8

The Double Bubble D8 is a design undergoing testing at MIT.
Double Bubble D8

Double Bubble D8

The design features low-swept wings and a wide fuselage.
Double Bubble D8

Double Bubble D8

Engines are placed above the fuselage in order to shield those on the ground from excessive airport noise.
Double Bubble D8

Double Bubble D8

In addition to MIT, Pratt & Whitney and Aurora Flight Sciences are also behind the design.
NASA Environmental Aircraft

NASA Environmental Aircraft

This illustration shows the process behind the design of aircraft that fit all of NASA's requirements, including better fuel efficiency, lower emissions and less airport noise.
Double Bubble D8

Double Bubble D8

An illustration of the Double Bubble D8 in flight.
GE Turboprop

GE Turboprop

This turboprop design, put forth by GE, is constructed to fly at Mach 0.55 while carrying 20 passengers.
SELECT

SELECT

SELECT, a design submitted by Northrop Grumman, would rely on ceramic composite materials and shape memory alloys.
Boeing Volt

Boeing Volt

The Boeing Volt is a hybrid model that relies on gas turbine and battery technology.
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This supersonic machine submitted by Lockheed Martin uses an inverted V configuration to reduce sonic booms.
Icon-II

Icon-II

The Icon-II from Boeing achieves supersonic speeds while also lowering fuel burn and decreasing noise levels.
Hybrid Wing Body H Series

Hybrid Wing Body H Series

The Hybrid Wing Body H Series, produced by MIT, is intented for intercontinental flight.