Sunday, March 18, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

NASA to develop a new 'quiet' supersonic jet

Posted on Tuesday, 13 February, 2018 | Comment icon 2 comments

The new jet will be much quieter than other supersonic planes. Image Credit: NASA
The US government is funding a new experimental aircraft known as the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator.
Concorde, the British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner that was discontinued in 2003, got a lot of things right, however the deafening sonic booms produced by these aircraft were so disruptive that civilian supersonic flights ended up being banned in the US and Europe entirely.

Now NASA has plans to develop a whole new type of supersonic aircraft that will seek to solve the sonic boom problem by making the plane as quiet as possible.

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a preliminary budget to develop it and according to NASA, the sonic booms it will produce should be no louder than the rumbling of thunder in the distance.

The ultimate goal will be to use the aircraft as a test-bed for technologies that could one day make it in to a new line of 'quiet' commercial supersonic passenger planes.

It is also likely that the technology will find its way in to future space missions as well.

"Like the railroads that brought American explorers, entrepreneurs and settlers to tame the Wild West, these groundbreaking new technologies will open untold opportunities to extend the range of American action and values into the new worlds of outer space," said Vice President Mike Pence.

Source: Live Science | Comments (2)

Tags: Supersonic

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Almighty Evan on 13 February, 2018, 19:44
Victor Appleton II had this issue resolved in 1965.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 14 February, 2018, 19:33
The planes only made lots of noise for a second. A plane made a sonic boom over my area of town when planes first started breaking the sound barrier regularly. It shook everything and broke a store front window or two. I guess the pilot was a real ********.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Giant yellow inflatable duck goes missing
A swimming club in Australia has appealed for ships to keep a look out for its recently escaped mascot.
Could 'super corals' repopulate coral reefs ?
Scientists are attempting to create a breed of coral that is more resistant to the effects of global warming.
Did cold weather really kill the president ?
In 1841, ninth US President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after a mere 31 days in office.
Flying drone could launch to Mars in 2020
NASA scientists are considering whether or not to send their lightweight robotic helicopter drone to Mars.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Monkeys learn to socialize
Posted 3-18-2018 | 0 comments
These young vervet monkeys must learn to socialize before being released in to the wild.
Why don't birds get frostbite ?
Posted 3-16-2018 | 0 comments
How do birds stop their legs from getting frostbitten during freezing temperatures ?
Most straws in a beard
Posted 3-15-2018 | 2 comments
Kyle Kozemchick stuck 215 straws in to his beard for this bizarre world record attempt.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ