What will passenger airplanes be like in the future?
To help brain storm desirable and workable attributes, NASA sponsors
Shown here is an artist's depiction of a concept plane
that has been recently suggested.
This futuristic plane would be expected to achieve
possibly surpassing the
speeds of the
supersonic transport planes that ran commercially in the late
In terms of noise reduction, the future aircraft has been drawn featuring an
V wing stretched over its engines.
The structure is intended to
reduce the sound
from annoying sonic booms.
future airplanes would aim to have relatively little impact on
our environment, including
on pollution and fuel consumption.
Aircraft utilizing similar design concepts
might well become operational by the 2030s.
Lockheed Martin Co.