19 July 2018
Aviation Week reports that NASA has “laid out a three-phase program to collect data on public acceptance of reduced sonic booms” from the X-59A QueSST low-boom demonstrator aircraft designed by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. Community data “gathered by the Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) program will be provided to the FAA and International Civil Aviation Organization to help define a standard for en route noise that will permit civil supersonic flight over land.” The X-59A’s first flight is scheduled for 2021. (Image: artist’s concept of a possible QueSST x-plane design. Credit: Lockheed Martin via NASA)
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