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NASA has selected Lockheed Martin to design a half-scale supersonic X-plane with boom-suppression technology in an effort to lift the international ban on flying faster than Mach 1.0 overland.
The announcement on 29 February at Washington National Airport launches the preliminary design phase of the quiet supersonic technology (QueSST) programme.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden linked QueSST with the agency’s legacy of high-speed research, beginning with the rocket-powered Bell X-1 that first broke the sound barrier in 1947.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
One of the biggest costs is from the fact that they have to fly almost 600 miles subsonic (250-300 miles on either end) before they can go supersonic. If they were able to from shortly after takeoff until shortly before landing, they'd be more feasible. Still not as economic as a 787 or something along those lines, but more feasible than the Concorde was.
originally posted by: Barnalby
No, but the Boeing Business Jet is based off of a 120 seat 737, remember.