NASA is working on technology to break the sound barrier in business aircraft and other applications to allow for commercial supersonic travel over populated areas without creating major disruptions. “We believe the technology is available for commercial supersonic travel. The market will be larger when we will be able to fly supersonic over land.” said Clayton Meyers, NASA, deputy project manager, commercial supersonic technology. “Technology improvements, including efficiency considerations, will make this happen. Lowering the sonic boom is the first step in enabling a new market of supersonic commercial aircraft over land.”
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Supersonic travel over the continental U.S. has been banned for more than 50 years. However, NASA's X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology test aircraft, which should fly for the first time later this year, aims to change that.
Despite the recent shutdown of supersonic business jet developer Aerion, NASA continues to lay the groundwork for a new generation of quieter supersonic aircraft. A key milestone will be the first flight of the agency's X-59 QueSST test bed in 2022. Here's an update on the program.