What cool future passenger aircraft will look like:
Quieter, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient but not necessarily
avante-guard in design
would describe what NASA researchers have come up with in designing future passenger aircraft. NASA in May said an 18-month study featuring teams of aircraft experts from Boeing, Northrop, GE Aviation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used all manner of advanced technologies from alloys, ceramic or fiber composites, carbon nanotube and fiber-optic cabling to self-healing skin, hybrid electric engines, folding wings, double fuselages and virtual reality windows to come up with a series of aircraft designs that could end up taking you on a business trip by about 2030.