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NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 27, 2017


Illustration of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft as outlined during the project's Preliminary Design Review last week. Credits: NASA / Lockheed Martin

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.

Senior experts and engineers from across the agency and the Lockheed Martin Corporation concluded Friday that the QueSST design is capable of fulfilling the LBFD aircraft's mission objectives, which are to fly at supersonic speeds, but create a soft "thump" instead of the disruptive sonic boom associated with supersonic flight today.

The LBFD X-plane will be flown over communities to collect data necessary for regulators to enable supersonic flight over land in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

NASA partnered with lead contractor, Lockheed Martin, in February 2016 for the QueSST preliminary design. Last month, a scale model of the QueSST design completed testing in the 8-by 6-foot supersonic wind tunnel at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

"Managing a project like this is all about moving from one milestone to the next," said David Richwine, manager for the preliminary design effort under NASA's Commercial Supersonic Technology Project.

"Our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin helped get us to this point. We're now one step closer to building an actual X-plane."

After the success of completing the PDR, NASA's project team can start the process of soliciting proposals later this year and awarding a contract early next year to build the piloted, single-engine X-plane.

The acquisition for the LBFD X-plane contract will be fully open and competitive, with the QueSST preliminary design data being made available to qualified bidders. Flight testing of an LBFD X-plane could begin as early as 2021.

Over the next few months, NASA will work with Lockheed on finalizing the QueSST preliminary design effort. This includes a static inlet performance test and a low-speed wind tunnel test at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

For more information about NASA's aeronautics work, visit here

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Britain readies base for arrival of F-35 jets next year
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
The British Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday it issued the last of seven contracts to enable a Royal Air Force base for F-35 Lightning II aircraft beginning next year. The award for the infrastructure upgrade at RAF Markham is worth more than $170.6 million, and was given to a joint venture of British companies Galliford Try and Lagan Construction Ltd. "Flying from our new ... read more

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