The Air France Flight 4590 went down in history 17 years ago when it proved to be a marvel of technology only to end up crashing. This event brought the death to 113 people. Since then, authorities tried to prevent the reiteration of such an accident with their overland travel ban. However, the latest technology might make it possible for someday people to spend only half today’s time on traveling. NASA is already ahead of this race with their prototype for a quiet supersonic jet.
No Commercial Plane so Far Is Allowed to Travel with More than 660 Miles per Hour
All commercial air courses have to keep their speed below 660 miles per hour. If they step over this limit, the planes flying at 300,000 feet above the ground would leave the sound barrier behind and enter a continuous sonic boom. Such a flight condition is going to put the safety of many people in jeopardy. That’s because they can shatter windows, infuriate farm animals or simply miss their landing. However, NASA plans to avoid all these negative aspects.
NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Jet Needs Five Years and $390 Million
In August, NASA will be ready to start working on its first model for a quiet supersonic jet. The team behind this project has already tested a small scale prototype in a wind tunnel at the end of June. The recorded results were successful. If the bigger scale model scores same numbers, New Yorkers will cut their time in half to reach Los Angeles meaning only three hours.
However, NASA is going to need five years and a budget of $390 million to build the demo airplane. The necessary resources feature in President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal. On top of that, the space agency intends to make their research available to U.S. plane makers. Therefore, companies such as General Dynamics, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin will have a valuable market head start by their side.
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