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Discussion in 'Jet Aviation Discussion' started by Jet News, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. Jet News

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    Ever since the Concorde ceased to operate the idea of going supersonic once again for the average person has been a talking point. A number of companies have shown interest in this field with even Gulfstream putting forth sketches of their variant in the last few years. However, the closest we have been to this ideal is through companies like Aerion with the AS2 and BOOM with the XB-1. NASA is not to be left out, they are working with Lockheed Martin to produce a supersonic design called the QUESST (Quiet Supersonic Transport). The agency has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned low-boom flight demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane. NASA partnered with lead contractor Lockheed Martin in February 2016 for the QueSST preliminary design.

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    Aerion, the leader in supersonic flight, has named Tom Vice, the former president of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, as Aerion’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He will play a leading role in the development of the company’s AS2 supersonic business jet. Aerion announced in December 2017 that it was joining forces with GE Aviation and Lockheed Martin to develop the AS2 business jet. As the program accelerates, it is adding management and engineering expertise in order to achieve first flight in 2023 and aircraft certification in 2025.

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    Here comes the BOOM...?

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    And now a Baby Boom...

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    More on this now...

    NASA this time around is getting back in and are using Lockheed Martin to develop a Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD). Last year you might remember they were talking about a QUESST (Quiet Supersonic Transport) aircraft. They LBFD is essentially the same thing. The demonstrator will be 94-foot-long will be used to test new technologies that would harness a low-boom, rather than the harsh sonic boom. 247.5 million dollars has been awarded to Lockheed Martin by NASA to pursue this endeavour.

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