NASA wants you to experience supersonic speeds in your commercial flights in the US. The agency has designed a supersonic plane which promises to reduce your flight time by keeping the noise down as well.
NASA told Bloomberg that from August, the agency will start looking for bids from various aircraft manufacturers for bringing their design to life with a full-scale mode. The agency has a budget of nearly $400 million to complete the project over the next five years.
Basically, NASA wants to create an aircraft that is commercially feasible and is able to help address the ever growing demand for high-speed air transportation, motivated by trends such as distributed workforces and international corporate conglomerates. The agency eventually plans to share this technology with airplane OEMs, which includes General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and even startups like Colorado’s Boom Supersonic.
Lockheed Martin helped created part of the design, which is expected to reduce the noise to no more than 65dBa, which you can expect while driving a luxury car on the highway. NASA hopes the larger prototype will fly over 55,000 and despite running on just one of the two engines you may see in the F/A-18 Hornet, it can manage its supersonic speeds. It means your dream to fly from New York to Los Angeles in just half the regular time (3 hours) might be fulfilled.