Supersonic Aircraft Making A Comeback?

 

Forty-eight years after the Concorde made its first flight, supersonic commercial aircraft remain enormously complex and expensive. They also generate sonic booms so disruptive that Congress banned the Concorde from overland routes. But advancements in materials and aerodynamics, coupled with an industry embrace of business jets, could see commercial aircraft achieving Mach 1 or better within a decade. Big names like Lockheed Martin and startups backed by Airbus and Virgin Galactic see a day when you’ll fly from New York to Los Angeles in about two hours and it also stands to reverse a four-decade innovation stagnation in aviation. A study found a potential market for 450 supersonic aircraft around the world, and notes that the technology to build them is within reach according to NASA. Flying at Mach 1.4 at 55,000 feet—about 924 mph—would create only a mild thump barely heard on the ground, the new jets would fly at Mach 2.2 (about 1,450 mph). A full-size prototype will be ready by 2020….. Ed

Source: ERIC ADAMS / Photo:NASA

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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