Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NASA unveils weird airplane concepts for 2025

NASA unveils weird airplane concepts for 2025

NASA has released renderings of three concept aircraft that could hit the skies in 2025. The goal is to build a plane that is greener and quieter, but still has decent speed, range, and storage capacity.

NASA must have realized that it’s been a while since we had some new pictures of crazy futuristic flying vehicles to look at. The National Aeronautic and Space Administration has released three pictures of concept aircraft that could theoretically hit the skies in 2025.

The concepts come from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and The Boeing Company, which were awarded contracts to study and design the future aircraft.

NASA intends for all three of these designs to produce less noise, cleaner exhaust, and consume lower amounts of fuel than modern aircraft. They also have to fly at least 85 percent of the speed of sound, have a range of 7,000 miles, and carry between 50,000 and 100,000 lbs of cargo. Below are the initial designs by each company.


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