NASA awarded contracts for what are termed N+3 aircraft designs that could enter service between 2030 and 2035 and would be on the cutting edge of the industry’s goal of carbon-neutral flight in 2050. Four industry and academic teams will split $16.5 million for additional research into ideas for the aircraft, which will have technology three generations more advanced than what is in service today. The four teams studied the concepts from October 2008 to April 2010 and under the ...

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