Planes that travel faster than the speed of sound using radical ‘hybrid wing body’ designs could be the future of travel, according to concepts developed by Nasa.
The US space agency has been working with manufacturers to design the next generation of planes that will make travelling around the world faster and more fuel efficient.
Its archive of designs reveals just how different planes may appear in as little as ten years, with radical designs featuring needle-like bodies, sleek fuselages and delta wings.
One of the most popular designs is something called the ‘hybrid wing body,’ which is sometimes described as a blended wing body, according to a report in Gizmodo.
In this design, the wing blends seamlessly into the body of the aircraft, which makes it extremely aerodynamic and creates dramatic cuts in fuel consumption, noise and emissions.