NASA has just tested a new aircraft that could totally revolutionize the aviation industry, and it is truly a sight to behold.
A stunning new aircraft is under development at NASA, and it’s actually a new twist on a concept that died a few years back: the superjet known as the Concorde. In fact, the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) is being dubbed the “new Concorde,” and it just went through its first wind tunnel test at NASA.
This is no ordinary jet. It could smash throught he sound barrier, which is 767 miles per hour, traveling at nearly twice that speed, and it could revolutionize air travel in the future. Lockheed Martin is working with NASA to develop the aircraft, which could one day take passengers across the Atlantic in half the time it takes today. That means an eight-hour trip from the United States to the United Kingdom would take just four hours, instead of eight.
The Concorde blew people’s minds when it was introduced in 1976, and was heralded by many as the wave of the future for air travel. But the Concorde was always a bit ahead of its time, and failed to attract the ridership it needed thanks in part to some high-profile accidents, and it was formally retired in 2003, as the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks dealt the aircraft its final blow.
“NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter – all while developing aircraft that travel faster, and building an aviation system that operates more efficiently,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolde. “To that end, it’s worth noting that it’s been almost 70 years since Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 as part of our predecessor agency’s high speed research. Now we’re continuing that supersonic X-plane legacy with this preliminary design award for a quieter supersonic jet with an aim toward passenger flight.”