Emerging Aircraft: SupersonicsPaul Jackson
Different rules apply to what happens in Vegas – and in the supersonic bizjet market. Otherwise, who, in today’s economic climate, would commit to a fleet of vaguely defined aircraft, with no selected engine, and produced by a new company with no track record? NASA is providing support to this sector, but its QueSST program is for a research vehicle only; and too late for the 2023 in-service target, which most appear to be aiming for. Four aircraft are grouped together for convenience, but their operating models and top speeds – and, thus, engineering challenges – show considerable variation.