Supersonic

Myasishchev M-25: Soviet plane that would kill with sound | Best of 2020

Most combat aircraft fall into one of several conventional categories: fighter, bomber, ground attack airplane. The M-25 did not....


FAA establishes civilian supersonic test corridor in Kansas

Kansas authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration established a corridor over Kansas to allow flight tests of civil supersonic aircraft....


Aerion completes wind tunnel testing of supersonic business jet

The supersonic jet maker Aerion announced it completed high and low-speed wind tunnel testing of its AS2 business jet....


Rolls-Royce launch new effort for supersonic propulsion

Rolls-Royce and Reaction Engines will partner to develop high-speed aircraft propulsion systems for civil and defense aerospace gas and hybrid-electric engines.  ...


OTD: American SST dream is dead – Boeing cancels the 2707

In the 1970s the race was on to build the first and the best supersonic transport (SST). Aerospatiale, Boeing and Tupolev were the main contestants: but Boeing was forced to drop out on this day in 1971....


Boom assembles supersonic XB-1 demonstrator wing [Video]

Boom Supersonic installed the wings of their XB-1 demonstrator onto the fuselage, paving the way to the supersonic airliner’s first flight expected by the end of 2020....


FAA prepares the future of supersonic commercial flights

Fast is nice, quiet is better. The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing the future of supersonic commercial flights in the United States by proposing new rules for noise certification....


NASA’s X-59 supersonic aircraft cleared for final assembly

Perhaps not at supersonic speeds, but NASA is certainly moving closer to building its piloted experimental aircraft capable of breaking the sound barrier without producing sonic booms. Short for Quiet Supersonic Technology, the first large scale X-59 QueSST aircraft has been cleared for final assembly and integration of systems, the agency announced on December 16, 2019....


No paper plane: NASA supersonic X-59 QueSST is coming together

Following years of research and design engineering, NASA believes it has come up with a solution on how to reduce a sonic boom. The agency has been working with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to develop the technology that can overcome current noise restrictions for commercial supersonic flight over land and pave the way for establishing a new market of air travel. The project is known as X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology or QueSST and, accord...


Supersonic flight meets another challenge besides noise reduction

Three U.S. based startups racing to build a successor to the iconic Concorde face another major hurdle besides developing a low-boom jet that would meet noise restrictions for supersonic passenger flights over land, already being eased by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), strong support from the Trump administration. The problem is, flying faster than the speed of sound will result in a heavy carbon footprint. Supersonic jetliners will b...