NASA To Develop New Supersonic Passenger Jet

NASA has announced plans to develop a new supersonic passenger aircraft and has awarded a contract worth $20m to Lockheed Martin to produce a preliminary design.

NASA has announced plans to develop a new supersonic passenger aircraft and has awarded a contract worth $20m to Lockheed Martin to produce a preliminary design.

At the official announcement on Monday (February 29) in Arlington, Virginia, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said that the aircraft would be part of its X-Plane experimental aircraft programme, with the US space agency stating the project aims to make “flight greener, safer and quieter -- all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently.”

Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed will develop technology to suppress the aircraft’s supersonic boom.

NASA said depending on funding, it estimates the aircraft will begin undergoing test flights in 2020 following the design and production phase.

 

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