NASA awards contract to Lockheed Martin to build a quiet supersonic aircraft, according to a report published on April 3, 2018.
NASA has announced its recent experimental aircraft known as Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD) a press conference. A contract to design this aircraft was signed back in 2016, however, now it is ready for construction and development. It is designed as a quiet supersonic aircraft and if it is successful, passengers could travel from New York to Los Angeles in two hours. NASA has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to build this aircraft for US$ 247.5 million.
Reducing noise of sonic boom will be the main focus of Martin’s research. They are planning to test it in selected U.S. cities and conduct a survey, where residents and workers will be asked if any noise was heard from the aircraft. Therefore, this data can be used to bring changes in the rules that prohibits civil supersonic flights over land. The work has started form April 2, 2018 and it is expected to be completed by 2021, followed by flight tests.
The design and fabrication of the aircraft known as X plane will be in such a way that it can fly at a speed of 940 mph and at a height of 55,000 feet. Unlike a sonic boom, the sound created by this aircraft will be only 75 Perceived Level decibel (PLdB). Such developments in the field of aircraft is expected to increase growth of aerospace materials market, as elaborated in the Aerospace Materials Market report published by Coherent Market Insights.