Edwards AFB, California—Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is beginning a fast-paced year of preliminary design work on a low-boom demonstrator for NASA which the agency is increasingly optimistic will pave the way for environmentally acceptable supersonic business jets and airliners. The single-engine Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft is designed to show whether the shockwave signature of potential future Mach 1-plus vehicles would be acceptable to the public, clearing ...

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