Supersonic transport died with the cessation of the Concorde activity back in 1999. However, NASA wants to bring it back again with a new SST prototype created in collaboration with the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Their last supersonic project, Concorde, operated successfully for 26 years, yet with the clients’ willingness to pay the higher fair price and withstand high noise level. However, the innovative commercial travel withdrew from the market after one flight had a fatal ending in 2000. Nonetheless, the new prototype has high chances to bring the fastest means of travel back within the grasp of consumers.
The U.S. space agency has just announced that it is currently testing the capabilities of its new supersonic prototype. The model was designed by the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and it has just commenced the first series of tests. The project was entitled the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane as its technology managed to keep the noise level at a minimum. On the other hand, some are calling it The New Concorde.
However, the nine percent model and the proposed plans for the new plane have not been created for passenger transport. On the other hand, if this week’s performance is successful, the new QueSST can reopen the access to the fastest means of public transport. The old Concorde had the capacity to host 100 passengers during the flight while reaching a speed of up to Mach 2.04 which is 1,350 mph. This is how it was possible for people to land in New York from a long haul starting in London after just three hours. These supersonic means was completely withdrawn from the market after bad publicity and expensive fairs that followed a crash landing.
Nonetheless, the main issue of such transport is that it races with the speed of light itself. Once such a pace is attained, the aircraft causes unbearable noise which makes such a commercial flight impractical. However, The New Concorde has cracked this issue and managed to avoid the side effects of the sonic boom. The X-plane employs new technology that can scatter the multiple shockwaves until the sound becomes imperceptible for people on the ground.
The QueSST X-plane might not bringthe three hour trans-Atlantic back, but it will still manage to become the fastest means of public transport in today’s world. If it receives green light, passengers are going to spend only half the time traveling than it would normally take them by the year of 2020.
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