A new silent, supersonic jet is being tested


This is the new starship the main guy will be using in Star Wars…

boeing-supersonic-airliner-visualized

Nah, joking. This is is an aerodynamics test taking place in Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. And the sleek beauty you are seeing here is a truly quiet supersonic airliner concept, the Icon II developed by Boeing being tested in a wind tunnel.

The purpose here is to see that if the sonic boom and the shockwaves caused by it dissipates before reaching the ground. V-tail design channels the sonic boom backwards so that it stays longer in the air, while the top-mounted engines isolate engine noise.

Says NASA: “We are testing overall vehicle design and performance options to reduce emissions and noise, and identifying whether the volume of sonic booms can be reduced to a level that leads to a reversal of the current ruling that prohibits commercial supersonic flight over land.”

Well, and it looks awesome…

 

N.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s