Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

NASA to build 'experimental' supersonic X-plane without sonic boom

NASA to build 'experimental' supersonic X-plane without sonic boom

"Shockwaves from a conventional aircraft design coalesce as they expand away from the airplane's nose and tail, resulting in two distinct and thunderous sonic booms".

The X-plane will be about the length of an NBA basketball court, will fit a single pilot and will fly at about 940 miles per hour (1,510 km/h) at an altitude of 55,000 feet (16,800 meters).

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.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a potential $247.5 million contract to design, build and test a supersonic aircraft for NASA.

NASA is making supersonic air travel a reality.

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works X-plane will cruise at 16,000 metres at a speed of Mach 1.4.

The full-scale plane, known as the low-boom flight demonstrator, is to be built at the Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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The plane's configuration will be based on a preliminary design by Lockheed Martin, published past year.

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

Current regulations, which are based on aircraft speed, ban supersonic flight over land.

The Concorde, the supersonic airliner that began service in 1976, was built by a French-British coalition and flown by Air France and British Airways until it was discontinued in 2003 - in part because noise complaints limited its flights. It will also test the aircraft to make sure it has a low sonic boom - the main goal of this project.

The aircraft will fly over specific cities in the United States in 2022 to analyze how the public reacts to the flights, the space agency said.

It comes after US President Donald Trump signed off a federal budget, which fully funded the X-plane.

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

On the inside, the X-plane will have a single General Electric F414 engine, which is "the powerplant used by F/A-18E/F fighter jets". The Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator is created to send those shock waves away from each other, which Lockheed Martin says produces a sound about as loud as a auto door being closed.

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