Good news for travel planners. Famous commercial supersonic airline cuts flight time and environmental noise in half.
NASA allocated a few months ago $247.5 million to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in order to design a tiptoe supersonic airplane. After quest and endeavor, they are ready to present the public a few prototypes.
In present, they are testing specific maneuvers on F/A-18. The experiments consist in putting F/A-18 into steep mode dive and just after draw back once it gets to Mach 1.1.(the speed of sound) The noises made by driving such aircraft involves two sonic booms. Anyway, they are hardly perceptible without a concentrated attention.
500 residents in Texas
The second item on this year is a F/A-18 fighter jets drive over Galveston, Texas. They created a survey which implies questioning 500 residents. The main subject are the sounds, as soft thumps, if they perceived any or inconveniences of other nature.
For a more silent airplane, Lockheed’s Martin’s technologists and NASA’s scientists are willing to apply the hypothesis of dissipated sounds into the atmosphere. Instead of grouping together and producing a greater sound, they disperse around without any notice. The model X 59 will be center of residents’ attention in 2021 when it will initiate a test flight. Flights over other areas will wait until after 2023.
Supersonic aircrafts – now and then
“Engineering tools that weren’t available when the Concorde was designed now enable us to really look at the aircraft and optimize it in a number of ways that make it more fuel efficient, make it quieter when it’s flying—reduce that sonic boom—and provide a better experience for the passengers,” (from a Business Insider interview)
The high-quality materials and improved design will make a major impact on air traveling. Now the regulation of US and other countries is making supersonic airplanes unable to fly over land, but new rules from FAA can conquer this regulation starting 2019.