14 June 2017
The Daily Mail reports that NASA “is seeking proposals for the development of its supersonic X-plane,” the Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator, intended to “produce a much lower ‘boom’ than other supersonic aircraft.” Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works developed the design to “reduce the volume of the shaped signature” in order to produce shock waves that produce a sonic boom “dBA lower than other supersonic aircraft.” Speaking at the 2017 AIAA AVIATION Forum, Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs Executive Vice President Rob Weiss said, “We are ready to go on building that demonstrator.” Weiss also said, “We feel we have a technological advantage in the amount of investment we have made in the tools and the vehicle itself.” (Image: Rob Weiss, executive vice president and general manager of advanced development programs with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, delivers remarks June 5 during the opening plenary session of the 2017 AIAA AVIATION Forum in Denver.. Credit: AIAA)
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