Our May issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a hybrid-electric aircraft design from MIT that, according to its creators, could reduce global nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 95 percent.

Inspired by emission-control systems found in ground vehicles, the turbo-electric design would integrate a conventional gas turbine within the plane's cargo hold. Rather than directly powering propellers or fans, the gas turbine would drive a generator, also in the hold, to produce electricity, which would then electrically power the airplane's wing-mounted, electrically driven propellers or fans.

This week's Question: Will 'Zero-Impact' Planes Take Off?

What do you think?