Our planet will likely look very different in the future: things we have already discovered today – like new fuels, superfast computers, robots and drones – will change the way we fly, design and live. We might even go live on other planets! Can you imagine what this future will look like?
Flightpath to Hydrogen
Future fuel: developing more planet-friendly options
Today’s airplanes use a fuel that releases a gas into the air. This is known as CO2. But too much of this gas means the temperature changes, which can cause serious problems for our planet. So what can we use to fuel airplanes instead? Batteries? Algae? Hydrogen? Yes! What do you think will power future airplanes?
All about hydrogen: the molecule turned super fuel
What is the smallest, lightest molecule in the universe? It’s hydrogen and there's a lot of it. In oceans, in rivers, and even in your kitchen sink! Because hydrogen by itself can burn really well, it could be used to fuel future airplanes. Where can you find hydrogen around you?
Hydrogen as fuel: propelling airplanes into the sky
From rockets to flying balloons, hydrogen has already been used to reach the sky and beyond. Tomorrow, it could be used to power airplanes! But how? Modifying engines and using special battery-like fuel cells are all options. Where would you go in a hydrogen airplane?
Hydrogen airplanes and infrastructure: starting from zero
Before airplanes can fly on hydrogen, what will need to be changed? A lot! More hydrogen factories will have to be built, as well as special storage tanks. And the airplane itself will need to change, too. Engineers are working on all kinds of ideas! What do you think a hydrogen airplane will look like?
Tomorrow Starts Today
Cities: where we're going, we don't need roads!
Our cities are expected to get bigger and fuller in the future – so how might we get around? Maybe we’ll leave the roads behind – or below – and cross town in flying taxis. And maybe food will fly right to our doors on drones. Start designing your future city today!
Factories: let's get connected!
The way things are made – from toys to computers and even to planes – is changing every day. Lots of equipment in factories is connected, we use computers to design and robots help us build. Will this speed up in tomorrow’s world? Start designing your factory of the future right now!
Space learning: reaching for the stars
Will we build a home on another planet? Maybe! We’re planning to travel back to the moon soon – and that could lead us to Mars! We could also use space for tons of things – like tracking climate change. Design your space future today!
Aviation: super flying machines of the future
How will we power our planes into the future? Maybe with fuels that are like seaweed! And to inspire new designs, we might look at something else from nature: birds! We could learn from other animals too. What do you think the airplane of the future will look like?