The Future of Flight
As Jesus Diaz noted for Sploid: "Most people don't know this, but NASA doesn't only work in exploring space. Its contribution to airplane technology—National Aeronautics
and Space Administration—has been crucial to the development of safer, faster, more efficient travel." This concept of an aircraft that could fly at supersonic speeds over land is being used by researchers, especially at NASA's Langley Research Center, to continue to test ideas on ways to reduce the level of sonic booms. Its technologies – the F-100-like propulsion system, a tail blister, and the overall shape – are combined to achieve a lower target perceived decibel level.
See a gallery of NASA's futuristic airplanes on Sploid athttp://sploid.gizmodo.com/these-are-nasas-coolest-and-stran
See more planes athttp://www.nasa.gov/conte
Read more about how airplanes are contributing to Earth science research at http://airbornescience.nsstc.nasa.gov/field/
Read about the IceBridge field campaign athttp://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/IceBridge/