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What are the two of the most glaring problems in modern aircraft? Noise and carbon emissions. NASA’s Aeronautics division is working on airplanes of the future that can solve those problems and many more. Check out Rachel's King's blog from the TED+NASA event Wednesday.
This Boeing concept has a blended wing body and could be ready for production in 2020.
From a 2010 event came this design from NASA and GE Aviation for a business-type, 20-passenger jet that would be lighter and more aerodynamic than the airplanes of today. Plus, it was designed to be quieter and more fuel efficient.
The plane flies on "ultra-quiet turboprop engines, virtual reality windows and is designed to fly at Mach 0.55 for 800 nautical miles," according to NASA.
Image credit: NASA/GE Aviation