JAXA Sees Success in Low-boom Test Japan says the flight test of a supersonic model over Sweden has validated its concept for a low sonic-boom design. The drop test in July was the first flight of an aircraft designed to reduce both front and rear shock waves, says the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The D-SEND 2 test was conducted on July 24 over the Esrange Space Center. The 26-ft.-long unpowered model of a supersonic airliner was dropped from a balloon at 100,000-ft. altitude ...

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