Those who missed flying on the the Concorde can take heart because a new era of supersonic flight is just a few years away, as NASA says that its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project has passed its preliminary design review (PDR). This paves the way for design and construction of the Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) X-plane. The most significant issue Lockheed Martin has to solve is finding a way to reduce or eliminate the window-cracking. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
“This week, the design has been approved by senior experts and engineers from across the agency as capable of fulfilling the airplane’s mission objectives, which are to fly at supersonic speeds, but create a soft thud instead of the disruptive sonic boom associated with air supersonic travel today,” reports Design Boom.