NASA to build a quieter supersonic passenger jet

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality, with NASA awarding a contract to Lockheed Martin for the design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft.

This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative.

“NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer, and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster,” said NASA.

This will include Lockheed Martin submiting a preliminary design for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST).

“Developing, building, and flight testing a quiet supersonic X-plane is the next logical step in our path to open supersonic travel for the flying public.”

Lockheed Martin will receive about $20 million over 17 months for QueSST design work.

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