NASA is developing a quieter supersonic passenger jet
Supersonic passenger jets were great for getting people to places quickly, but much less so when it came to noise emissions.
NASA is now tackling the task of mitigating that downside.
Thanks to the New Aviation Horizons program, which is included in the agency's 2017 budget, plans to develop a quite supersonic passenger plane are in the works. It would be first in the series of X-planes under the initiative.
Said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, "NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently."
A team headed by Lockheed Martin has already been selected to come up with a preliminary path to creating the Quiet Supersonic Technology.
That stage will be followed by further design ideation and refinement.
According to the space agency, "The New Aviation Horizons X-planes will typically be about half-scale of a production aircraft and likely are to be piloted. Design-and-build will take several years with aircraft starting their flight campaign around 2020, depending on funding."
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