Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Hush: Lockheed, NASA Team Up on Silent Supersonic Jet

NASA orders a supersonic X-Plane, easy on the boom Lockheed Martin wins NASA Contract worth nearly $250 Million
Cristina Norman | 05 April, 2018, 01:42

With the low-boom flights, NASA intends to gather data on how effective the quiet supersonic technology is in terms of public acceptance by flying over a handful of USA cities, which have yet to be selected.

Nasa on Tuesday awarded Lockheed Martin Skunk Works a contract to design, build and flight test the low-boom flight demonstrator, an X-plane created to make supersonic passenger air travel a reality.

The X-plane will create a "gentle thump", a sound that would be no louder than closing a auto door. The X-Plane's lineage, will be created to make it less noisy, running at supersonic speeds and allowing travel over inhabited areas. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company was selected for the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration contract, a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract valued at $247.5 million.

After Lockheed Martin finishes its work, including flight tests, NASA expects to begin flying the demonstrator aircraft over unspecified United States cities beginning in mid-2022, at which time it will collect data about "community responses" to the X-Plane's flights.

Next you'll see a video that shows commercial supersonic flight in the past and in-effect here with NASA in the present.

Lockheed Martin has already designed much of the sleek plane.

NASA previously awarded Lockheed Martin Skunk Works a contract back in February of 2016 for a very early design of this supersonic X-plane demonstrator. As it stands, current regulations based on aircraft speeds ban supersonic flights over land.

We're honored to continue our partnership with NASA to enable a new generation of supersonic travel.

Then, after NASA ensures the plane is safe and passes "acoustic validation tests", the aircraft will begin flying over a variety of US communities between 2023.

Test flights are set to start in 2021.

Listen closely: A quiet, supersonic jet capable of blasting through the sound barrier without emitting a sonic boom could pass over your home as soon as 2022. A big problem with supersonic flight was that the sonic boom made it too loud to fly over populated areas. "Our long tradition of solving the technical barriers of supersonic flight to benefit everyone continues", said Shin.

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

Meanwhile, Aerion Corp, a business jet startup backed by Texas billionaire Robert Bass, is working on a design that would fly overland just under the speed of sound and then speed up to Mach 1.4 over the ocean.

The X-plane serves two purposes.

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