NASA is bringing commercial aviation closer to supersonic flight
NASA representatives announced creating a special Quiet Supersonic Technology program aimed at cooperation between government agencies and airlines from the private sector. Its main goal is to develop supersonic passenger airplanes.
The emergence of the program was influenced by the research of NASA scientists, who proved the possibility of supersonic flights for ordinary citizens without harm to their health. They also determined that landing pads for such airplanes would cost much less than previously planned.
The X-59 research airplane, designed and built by Lockheed Martin in July 2023, is currently being used for testing. It will be used for a series of experimental flights to assess the sound volume during landing and the pressure on passengers.
Supersonic passenger jets will be able to reach speeds of up to 4,900 kilometers per hour, allowing them to cover the distance from New York to London in 1.5 hours.