NASA set to build quiet supersonic planes

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ X-plane design will cruise at 55,000 feet Mach 1.4 and will generate a gentle supersonic heartbeat instead of a sonic boom

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 has selected Lockheed Martin to design, build and test a one-man supersonic aircraft that engineers believe will create a sonic boom of just 75 perceived decibels at 55,000 feet of altitude, similar in volume to a gentle thump.

Their aim is to make this X-plane fly at supersonic speeds without so much of the big boom of sound that's always come with said speeds. Before any supersonic planes will be allowed to fly over land, NASA and Lockheed Martin must prove that it's possible to break the sound barrier without the sonic boom. Construction of the plane will take place at the Lockheed Martin Skulk Works facility in Palmdale, California - where the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes were built.

Jaiwon Shin is in charge of NASA's aeronautical research mission.

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That data will be passed on to regulators as support for new rules on supersonic flight - which could in turn give the aerospace industry the green light to develop practical applications.

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

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.

Test flights are set to start in 2021.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has had a long-standing ban on supersonic flight by commercial aircraft over land.

The low-boom flight demonstrator research programme has two goals: to design and build the aircraft, which although large-scale would still be smaller than any aircraft that went into service; and to fly it over selected United States communities to gather data on human responses to the sonic thump.

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

The X plane's sound will be as light as that of a vehicle door closing.

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Much of the engineering is up to Lockheed, of course, but in the end the single-pilot craft will travel at some 940 miles per hour at high altitude - 55,000 feet - and produce around 75 perceived decibels (compared with the Concorde's 90) at ground level.

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