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NASA’s X-plane to travel in three hours from London to New York
NASA is working on a plane that could HALVE the length of aviation journeys and allow a passenger to get from London to New York in just three hours as it would travel at almost 1,400 miles per hour.
The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the award at an event at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Greener, safer and quieter
“NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently,” said Bolden. “To that end, it’s worth noting that it’s been almost 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 as part of our predecessor agency’s high speed research. Now we’re continuing that supersonic X-plane legacy with this preliminary design award for a quieter supersonic jet with an aim toward passenger flight.”
NASA administrator Charles Bolden. — Photo: NASA
NASA selected a team led by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, California, to complete a preliminary design for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). The work will be conducted under a task order against the Basic and Applied Aerospace Research and Technology (BAART) contract at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
 
Supersonic speed
After conducting feasibility studies and working to better understand acceptable sound levels across the country, NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project asked industry teams to submit design concepts for a piloted test aircraft that can fly at supersonic speeds, creating a supersonic “heartbeat” —- a soft thump rather than the disruptive boom currently associated with supersonic flight.
“Developing, building and flight testing a quiet supersonic X-plane is the next logical step in our path to enabling the industry’s decision to open supersonic travel for the flying public,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission.
Lockheed Martin will receive about $20 million over 17 months for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) preliminary design work. The Lockheed Martin team includes subcontractors GE Aviation of Cincinnati and Tri Models Inc. of Huntington Beach, California.
An artist’s impression of the NASA plane
The company will develop baseline aircraft requirements and a preliminary aircraft design, with specifications, and provide supporting documentation for concept formulation and planning. This documentation would be used to prepare for the detailed design, building and testing of the QueSST jet. Performance of this preliminary design also must undergo analytical and wind tunnel validation.
In addition to design and building, this Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) phase of the project also will include validation of community response to the new, quieter supersonic design. The detailed design and building of the QueSST aircraft, conducted under the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program, will fall under a future contract competition.
Nicknamed the Concorde 2, the plane would be able to break the sound barrier with ease. One of the reasons the Concorde failed was that because the sonic boom that it created when it broke the sound barrier caused distress among livestock and minor damages to buildings.This led to it being banned to fly over the mainland US. 
Peter Coen, project manager for Nasa’s commercial supersonic research team, said: “Now you’re getting down to that level where, as far as approval from the general public, it would probably be something that’s acceptable.”The space agency has already tested the technology in wind tunnels and further tests will cost £300 million over the next five years.
 
Concorde retired in 2003 
Retired in 2003, Concorde was jointly developed and manufactured by Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale) and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. Twenty aircraft were built, including six prototypes and development aircraft. Air France (AF) and British Airways (BA) were the only airlines to purchase and fly Concorde. The aircraft was primarily used by wealthy passengers who could afford to pay a high price in exchange for Concorde’s speed and luxury service. Among other destinations, Concorde flew regular transatlantic flights from London’s Heathrow Airport and Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Washington Dulles International Airport and Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados; it flew these routes in less than half the time of other airliners.
The planes would travel at almost 1,400 MPH
Concorde’s name, meaning “harmony” or “union”, was chosen to reflect the co-operation on the project between the United Kingdom and France. In the UK, any or all of the type are known simply as Concorde, with no definite article the. rance Concorde flight 4590 takes off with fire- Concorde crash 1  
Manufacturers will also have the opportunity to bid on and test the product for themselves.
If Nasa is given official approval on the crafts, it hopes to have full sized versions of the astonishing ships in operation, although probably only privately, by 2022.
Peter Iosifidis, design program manager at Lockheed Martin, which created Nasa’s small-scale model, said as part of a Bloomberg report: “Manufacturers will not take the lead in developing an aircraft that they can’t fly.
“That’s where NASA said we’ve got to go change the rule and this is the path to making that happen.”
—-Internet

 

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NASA is working on a plane that could HALVE the length of aviation journeys and allow a passenger to get from London to New York in just three hours as it would travel at almost 1,400 miles per hour.
The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft. This is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the award at an event at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
 
Greener, safer and quieter
“NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently,” said Bolden. “To that end, it’s worth noting that it’s been almost 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 as part of our predecessor agency’s high speed research. Now we’re continuing that supersonic X-plane legacy with this preliminary design award for a quieter supersonic jet with an aim toward passenger flight.”
NASA administrator Charles Bolden. — Photo: NASA
NASA selected a team led by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, California, to complete a preliminary design for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). The work will be conducted under a task order against the Basic and Applied Aerospace Research and Technology (BAART) contract at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
 
Supersonic speed
After conducting feasibility studies and working to better understand acceptable sound levels across the country, NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project asked industry teams to submit design concepts for a piloted test aircraft that can fly at supersonic speeds, creating a supersonic “heartbeat” —- a soft thump rather than the disruptive boom currently associated with supersonic flight.
“Developing, building and flight testing a quiet supersonic X-plane is the next logical step in our path to enabling the industry’s decision to open supersonic travel for the flying public,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission.
Lockheed Martin will receive about $20 million over 17 months for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) preliminary design work. The Lockheed Martin team includes subcontractors GE Aviation of Cincinnati and Tri Models Inc. of Huntington Beach, California.
An artist’s impression of the NASA plane
The company will develop baseline aircraft requirements and a preliminary aircraft design, with specifications, and provide supporting documentation for concept formulation and planning. This documentation would be used to prepare for the detailed design, building and testing of the QueSST jet. Performance of this preliminary design also must undergo analytical and wind tunnel validation.
In addition to design and building, this Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) phase of the project also will include validation of community response to the new, quieter supersonic design. The detailed design and building of the QueSST aircraft, conducted under the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s Integrated Aviation Systems Program, will fall under a future contract competition.
Nicknamed the Concorde 2, the plane would be able to break the sound barrier with ease. One of the reasons the Concorde failed was that because the sonic boom that it created when it broke the sound barrier caused distress among livestock and minor damages to buildings.This led to it being banned to fly over the mainland US. 
Peter Coen, project manager for Nasa’s commercial supersonic research team, said: “Now you’re getting down to that level where, as far as approval from the general public, it would probably be something that’s acceptable.”The space agency has already tested the technology in wind tunnels and further tests will cost £300 million over the next five years.
 
Concorde retired in 2003 
Retired in 2003, Concorde was jointly developed and manufactured by Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale) and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. Twenty aircraft were built, including six prototypes and development aircraft. Air France (AF) and British Airways (BA) were the only airlines to purchase and fly Concorde. The aircraft was primarily used by wealthy passengers who could afford to pay a high price in exchange for Concorde’s speed and luxury service. Among other destinations, Concorde flew regular transatlantic flights from London’s Heathrow Airport and Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Washington Dulles International Airport and Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados; it flew these routes in less than half the time of other airliners.
The planes would travel at almost 1,400 MPH
Concorde’s name, meaning “harmony” or “union”, was chosen to reflect the co-operation on the project between the United Kingdom and France. In the UK, any or all of the type are known simply as Concorde, with no definite article the. rance Concorde flight 4590 takes off with fire- Concorde crash 1  
Manufacturers will also have the opportunity to bid on and test the product for themselves.
If Nasa is given official approval on the crafts, it hopes to have full sized versions of the astonishing ships in operation, although probably only privately, by 2022.
Peter Iosifidis, design program manager at Lockheed Martin, which created Nasa’s small-scale model, said as part of a Bloomberg report: “Manufacturers will not take the lead in developing an aircraft that they can’t fly.
“That’s where NASA said we’ve got to go change the rule and this is the path to making that happen.”
—-Internet

 


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