NASA Awards Big Contract for Design of Quieter Supersonic Aircraft

Lockheed’s experimental plane will be designed to mitigate the shock waves emanating from the nose wings engine and other protruding areas of the plane when the sound barrier is broken

Virgin Galactic has actually collaborate with Boom Technology to construct a supersonic guest jet called "Baby Boom" that might fly throughout the Atlantic Ocean at two times the speed of noise, cutting flight times in half.

NASA and Lockheed Martin are taking concrete steps toward the creation of jets that travel faster than the speed of sound but are "about as loud as a vehicle door closing".

"Supersonic commercial travel is on the horizon", Lockheed Martin wrote on Twitter.

The U.S. government has outlawed commercial aircraft from flying over land at supersonic speeds, which is anything over Mach 1 (768 MPH), since 1973.

Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator program manager Peter Iosifidis said Lockheed was "honored to continue our partnership with NASA to enable a new generation of supersonic travel". Lockheed Martin (LMAC) has been awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract valued at $247.5 million, noted a release by the space agency.

NASA will then send the "scientifically collected human response" data to the US Federal Aviation Administration and the International Civil Aviation Organization "so they can use the data to change the current rule that completely bans civil supersonic flights over land", Shin said.

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NASA will still have to get through quite a bit of red tape now preventing supersonic flights from taking place over land. That information will then be provided to the FAA and worldwide regulators, to allow new rules for supersonic flight over land. The plane's first flight is set for 2021. It will also test the aircraft to make sure it has a low sonic boom - the main goal of this project.

The precise speed varies depending on conditions, but 940 miles per hour is well over 100 miles per hour faster than the sound barrier.

The U.S. space agency has said that if it can reduce sonic booms from supersonic flights, that passenger jets could fly from NY to Los Angeles in two hours.

Do not anticipate to board a supersonic traveler jet anytime quickly; Lockheed Martin's LBFD will not be constructed for transferring individuals.

The former pilot said he was unconvinced that the X-plane's primary sonic booms will be quieter than Concorde's troublesome secondary booms.

It will create a sound about as loud as a vehicle door closing - 75 Perceived Level decibel (PLdB) - significantly lower than the 105 PLdB of the earlier Concorde airliner.

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