Advances in aerodynamics, structures and engines hold promise for quiet, efficient supersonic transports
By 2035, three decades after the Concorde was retired, demand and technology could come together to make economically and technically viable a supersonic airliner with 100+ seats. But substantial new technology will be needed to ensure such an aircraft meets sonic boom, noise and emissions requirements. Those are the conclusions of advanced supersonic-transport concept studies conducted for NASA by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Both companies developed configurations meeting aggressive ...
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