With Congress boosting NASA’s miserly budget for aeronautics research two years in a row, there is a nascent hope among senior managers that the agency can plan for its first large-scale aircraft demonstrator in decades. The question is which aircraft? Although a supersonic low-boom flight demonstrator (LBFD) is the most mature concept, NASA has several other potential candidates that might resonate more with Congress and potential partners such as the Air Force Research Laboratory ...
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