NASA gave contracts to three airline designers, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Gurmman, to design new airplanes for 2025, and the first draft of design concepts is out.
These planes are designed “to meet NASA’s goals for less noise, cleaner exhaust and lower fuel consumption. And each design has to fly up to 85 percent of the speed of sound; cover a range of approximately 7,000 miles; and carry between 50,000 and 100,000 pounds of payload, either passengers or cargo.”
All three designs could be in service by 2025. The one by Lockheed Martin looks pretty basic, but the wings are attached to the bottom of the plane and not near the top. Then there’s the Boeing one that looks like a fighter jet, and the Northrop Gurmman design has two main cabins with the engines on the inside.
Read more about the designs on the NASA site, and let us know your favorite design in the comments.