Designing a supersonic aircraft for low sonic boom can result in some unusual features. One is a slender, asymmetrical nose to break up the bow shock into several weaker ones. Another is a long root chord on the highly swept wing, to distribute lift along the aircraft’s length. A third feature is engine inlets mounted above the fuselage and wing, to minimize their contribution to the sonic boom reaching the ground. At Glenn Research Center, NASA is conducting inlet testing on a ...

SUBSCRIBE TO ACCESS THIS ARTICLE

"NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Tests Focus On Inlet Performance" is part of Aviation Week & Space Technology’s subscription package. Click “subscribe now” below to view your options.  

 

Current Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine subscribers: simply use your subscriber email to log in to your account (or contact us for assistance in updating your account).
 
Current Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) enterprise and individual members: please go to http://awin.aviationweek.com for access.

Already registered? here.