Aerospace technology is rapidly advancing. Recently, many private space companies have been busy developing commercial space travel. One day very soon, you might be taking a rocket to your next vacation rather than an airplane.
But the real advancements in aerospace technology are actually happening on a much smaller scale.
"The future in the next 5 or 6 years you'll see a lot more tiny features on airplanes that the normal person on the street wouldn't appreciate, but they make a huge difference to both the emissions of an aircraft, in terms of noise and fuel burn, and generally it's going to be a drive towards a more sustainable future for aviation," Guy Norris, Senior Editor of Aviation Week, told Seeker.
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The future of air and space travel are largely dependent on our ability to reduce fuel emissions. In some cases, we're getting very close. There are already aircrafts in development that run on hybrid technology, as well as "winglet" technology that uses less fuel.
New aerospace technology also means a more comfortable journey for travelers. Airlines and aircraft companies are continuously striving to make traveling easier for passengers. Boeing has been working to reduce the cabin altitude of their planes. So, rather than feeling like you're sitting at 8,000 feet during a flight, it'll feel more like 5,000 feet, which means you'll feel a lot more normal when you get to your destination.
We might all get to ride in a rocket ship some day, but for now, air travel is improving with little changes like this all the time, slowly making flying a much more enjoyable experience for everyone.
-- Molly Fosco