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Lockheed Unveils Quiet Supersonic Technology Airliner Concept

Lockheed Unveils Quiet Supersonic Technology Airliner Concept - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Unveils Quiet Supersonic Technology Airliner Concept - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Lockheed Martin introduced on June 19 a supersonic passenger aircraft concept at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aviation Forum, FlightGlobal reported Thursday.

The 225-foot long quiet supersonic technology airliner would accommodate up to 40 passengers and have a 22-meter wingspan flying between 50K feet and 60K feet. It would also draw on a noise-reduction capability Lockheed is testing with NASA's X-59 supersonic demonstrator aircraft.

Michael Buonanno, lead engineer on the X-59 program at Lockheed, said the company wants its QSTA concept to reduce air pollution while flying at a high altitude. “Once you go above that altitude the impact of the airplane emissions increases,“ he noted.

“That demand is absolutely there,” Buonanno said of supersonic passenger planes. “The reason this capability doesn't exist is some uncertainty about what future regulations [will] look like.”

Other companies developing supersonic commercial aircraft are Boom Supersonic, Spike Aerospace and Aerion Supersonic, according to the report.

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