NASA and Lockheed Martin’s X-59 QueSST aims to revolutionize supersonic flight by making it quieter. This aircraft will be able to fly from London to New York in just three hours, and NASA is currently testing the technology over the Texas Gulf Coast in hopes that the ‘sonic thump’ will be ‘no louder than a car door closing.’ During the test, two FA-18 fighter jets climbed to 55,000 feet and then dived to replicate the ‘sonic thump’. Read more for two additional videos and information.
“The Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) design could hit supersonic speeds over land – without people on the ground hearing a sonic boom. NASA expects the QueSST X-plane to pave the way for supersonic flight over land in the not too distant future,” according to Yahoo News.