It announced plans on Tuesday to grant a $247.5 million contract to Lockheed Martin, an American aerospace and defence group to design and build a new plane, Xinhua news agency reported. "We're all pretty excited", said Jim Less, a primary NASA pilots who will fly the X-plane after Lockheed Martin's pilots have completed initial test flights.
This week NASA awarded a almost quater-billion-dollar contract to Lockheed Martin this week to build a quiet supersonic experimental aircraft. Our @NASAAero innovators are creating an experimental aircraft that could make supersonic flight over land possible.
" This piloted X-plane would be constructed particularly to fly innovations that lower the volume of a sonic boom to that of a mild thump", Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, stated throughout a press conference today.
The earlier supersonic airliner Concorde was retired in 2003 because of high maintenance costs and irritating sonic boom.
The plane's configuration will be based on a preliminary design by Lockheed Martin, published previous year.
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.
The partners are seeking to foster technology that can overcome noise restrictions on supersonic flight, which has been banned overland for civil aircraft since 1973.
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Japan Airlines recently invested $10 million into Boom Technologies, a Denver-based start-up that also hopes to revive supersonic air travel in the next decade. They've awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Skunk Works to create the next X-plane.
NASA's goal is to not produce a sonic boom at all, but something that sounds more like a soft thud.
Shin included that the LBFD will fly over choose USA cities beginning in mid-2022 and NASA will "ask individuals living and operating in those neighborhoods to inform us exactly what they heard, if anything". "Our long tradition of solving the technical barriers of supersonic flight to benefit everyone continues".
As you can see there's a long way to go before a quiet supersonic jet is even built and tested, but the work is underway. "This X-plane is a critical step closer to that exciting future".
The agreement is part of a project called QueSST (quiet supersonic technology), which aims to boring the volume of a sonic boom to about the level of the vehicle door closing.
The precise speed varies depending on conditions, but 940 miles per hour is well over 100 miles per hour faster than the sound barrier.