Indeed, at the Dryden Flight Research Center -- located at Edwards Air Force Base -- the space agency has been working alongside some of the country's leading aerospace companies to try to come up with the next generation of airplanes.
An example is the X-48, an early attempt at what is known as a hybrid wing body.
This is the X-48C, a prototype for the new type of plane.
July 13, 2012 4:00 AM PDT
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