NASA's Vision for the Future of Flight in 2025 and Beyond

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NASA's Vision for the Future of Flight in 2025 and Beyond

by Nathan Eddy

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Northrop Grumman Entry

Artist's concept of an aircraft that could enter service in 2025 from the team led by Northrop Grumman.

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The Boeing Company Entry

The entry by The Boeing Company imagines a thin, stealth-bomber-style aircraft, shown in this artists rendering.

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Lockheed Martin EntryThe most conventional-looking of the 2025 entries, the aircraft resembles the jumbo jets of today.

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Double Bubble D8

From MIT comes this aircraft, which is based on a modified tube and wing with a very wide fuselage to provide extra lift, while its low-sweep wing reduces drag and weight.

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GE Aviation Entry

This aircraft features ultra-quiet turboprop engines, virtual-reality windows; the 20-passenger plane would also reduce fuel consumption and noise.

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SELECT Aircraft

Another Northrop Grumman design, the Silent Efficient Low Emissions Commercial Transport, or SELECT, future aircraft design features advanced lightweight ceramic composite materials and nanotechnology and shape-memory alloys.

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Boeing designed the Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research (SUGAR) Volt future aircraft, a twin-engine concept with a hybrid propulsion system that combines gas-turbine and battery technology, a tube-shaped body and a truss-braced wing mounted to the top of the aircraft.

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Hybrid Wing Body H-Series

This MIT-designed aircraft features embedded engines using variable area nozzles with thrust-vectoring, noise-shielding and advanced onboard vehicle health-monitoring systems.

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Boeing Icon-II

A design that achieves fuel-burn reduction and airport noise goals, it also achieves large reductions in sonic-boom noise levels that will meet the target level required to make supersonic flight over land possible.

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Lockheed Martin Supersonic Aircraft

Text: The team used simulation tools to show it was possible to achieve over-land flight by dramatically lowering the level of sonic booms through the use of an "inverted V" engine-under-wing configuration.

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