HAMPTON, VA (CBS SF) – On Thursday, NASA will begin showing off one design for the future of flying at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

The Federal agency has explored several futuristic flying machines. Here’s a look at some of the more innovative designs:

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The large test model is a low-weight, damage-tolerant, stitched composite structural concept called Pultruded Rod Stitched Efficient Unitized Structure, or PRSEUS. It’s fuselage cross-section is uniquely shaped and will be subjected to structural testing. All designed to reduce aircraft fuel consumption, noise levels and emissions through revolutionary design and manufacture of tomorrow’s aircraft. Furthering the goals of NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project.

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