Of NASA’s planned series of X-planes, one has perhaps the loftiest of goals: to enable a new aviation market. By proving low sonic booms are acceptable to the public, the agency aims to give regulators the data needed to end the ban on supersonic overland flight and enable high-speed commercial service. That is the task of QueSST, the Quiet Supersonic Technology low-boom flight demonstrator, the first of several large-scale X-planes NASA will build if Congress backs the ambitious ...

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