Supersonic business jet разработка сверхзвукового административного самолета

Richard Branson of Virgin Galactic has just partnered with startup Boom Technology to build a supersonic aircraft, Boom Technology announced. The plane would zip through the skies faster than the Concorde jet or any other commercial aircraft today, Boom Technology said.

Aircraft that fly faster than the speed of sound were first developed in the mid-20th century. But regulations and technical challenges halted innovation and expansion of the concept, said Boom Technology, which has headquarters in Denver. The aviation startup said it aims to change that by developing a modern, supersonic passenger jet that travels at Mach 2.2. That's twice the speed of sound, or 1,451 mph (2,335 km/h). The Concorde, a now-retired supersonic passenger jet, flew at speeds of up to about 1,350 mph (2,180 km/h).

Boom also aims to set a new speed record for civil aircraft, according to a blog post by Blake Scholl , CEO and founder of Boom. [ Supersonic! The 11 Fastest Military Airplanes ]

NASA's Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft passed a preliminary design review last week, marking a major milestone for the agency's experimental X-plane concept. 

NASA has been developing new designs for supersonic aircraft , with a specific focus on reducing the strength of the sonic booms — the sound created by a shock wave from an aircraft that moves faster than the speed of sound. The shape and overall design of a supersonic plane is particularly important for minimizing the loudness of the boom during flight. 

"The idea is to design the airplane so that the shockwaves that are produced in supersonic flight are arranged in such a way that you don't have a boom , you have just a kind of general, gradual pressure rise, which produces a quiet sound," Peter Coen, commercial supersonic technology project manager, said in a video from NASA's Langley Research Center. [ Images: Airplanes of Tomorrow, NASA's Vision of Future Air Travel ]

The SAI Quiet Supersonic Transport ( QSST ) is a project by Supersonic Aerospace International (SAI) to develop a "virtually boomless " commercial supersonic business jet .

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works began developing the QSST in May 2001 under a $25-million contract from SAI. [ citation needed ]

Designed to cruise at an altitude of 60,000 feet at speeds of Mach 1.6 to 1.8 (approximately 1,218 to 1,370 statute miles per hour) with a range of 4,600 statute miles, the two-engine gull-wing aircraft was designed to create a sonic boom only 1% as strong as that generated by the Concorde . [4]

It is the year 2003 and one of the greatest aircraft ever designed and built touches down for the last time. After 27 years of service, the world’s most famous plane, Concorde, was retired. Air France was the first to let this graceful jet go swiftly followed by British Airways. This signaled the end of supersonic passenger flight, at least for the meantime .

To some a graceful and beautiful aircraft, to other a noisy, polluting chunk of aluminum. The real question is was it a great plane grounded through politics and fears of safety or was it just an expensive luxury for the super-rich? Let’s have a quick look.

I loved this plane as a child. Many hours were spent building and lovingly, if not poorly, painting Airfix models and admiring the lines. Sadly, I never got the opportunity to fly in one but have fond memories of seeing them at air shows. Technically speaking there can be no doubt it was revolutionary.

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