Supersonic Aircraft

Russia and UAE to jointly develop supersonic aircraft

Russia and the UAE will form a joint venture with the aim of designing a supersonic airliner. An 8-seat and a 30-seat variant are being studied....


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....


Boom showcases XB-1 supersonic demonstrator, raises questions

On October 7, 2020, in a virtual presentation Boom rolled out its XB-1, one-third scale technology demonstrator for Overture supersonic airliner, set to conduct first passenger flights by 2029....


Supersonic jet, a smokescreen for Virgin Galactic losses?

A lot of news lately came from Richard Branson’s space-conquering venture Virgin Galactic, including the new spaceship cabin, new supersonic aircraft, and even the announcement of the first spaceflight of the founder himself. The company normally comes to public attention once every few months. Such an amount of publicity is rather unusual. Could it be that there is a reason behind that?...


Virgin Galactic reveals plans for supersonic aircraft

Virgin Galactic announced that they would be collaborating with Rolls-Royce in designing and building Mach 3, a supersonic commercial aircraft....


Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial plane reaching Mach 2

Tu-144 was the first supersonic passenger aircraft developed by Tupolev Design Bureau in the 60s in the Soviet Union. Often compared to its Western counterpart, Aerospatiale / BAC Concorde, the Tupolev Tu- 144 was the largest and heaviest transport aircraft in aviation history that reached Mach 2 speed on May 26, 1970....


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...


NASA pictures supersonic shockwave interaction in flight

NASA captures the first-ever images of the interaction of shockwaves from two supersonic aircraft in flight. Images are part of NASA’s ongoing effort to make sonic booms quieter, with hopes it could open the future to possible supersonic flight over land....


Supersonic drama: Aerion changes partners from Lockheed to Boeing

It is becoming increasingly harder to keep up with all the latest developments in the industry-wide efforts to revive faster than the speed of sound air travel. Everyone wants to get hold of the lucrative market of future supersonic passenger flight: from plane makers, aerospace and defense companies to even national space agencies. Having recently made a “significant investment” in Aerion, Boeing is keen on bringing the AS2 supersoni...


First supersonic business jet on track to fly in 2023

Supersonic jet maker Aerion revealed a concrete timeline for the final stages in the development of its first supersonic business jet – the AS2 – saying it is “on track” for first test flight in 2023. ...