NASA launches silent SUPERSONIC jet that could cut flight times in HALF

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NASA pilots flew the QSF18 supersonic research aircraft, which doesn’t generate sound.

Usually, aircraft breaking the sound barrier generate a huge sonic boom sound, but NASA’s jet only produce a quiet “thump”.

The space agency said the purpose of the tests was to monitor how people and sensors on the ground would react to the so-called “thump”.

Project manager Peter Cohen said: “QSF18 is a big step in NASA’s efforts to understand what is required for acceptable supersonic overland flight. 

“QSF18 is a big step in NASA’s efforts”

Peter Cohen

“This is the first time in decades that we have reached out to a large community as part of our supersonic research. 

“NASA has performed similar tests at our Armstrong Flight Research Center, using similar sounds created by the same F/A-18. 

“We’ve measured the noise levels and the impact on structures, as well as surveyed people for annoyance, to make certain that these tests are safe and well-planned.”

Mark Geyer, director of the space agency’s Johnson Space Center: “NASA’s role as a leader into new frontiers paves towards technology, opportunities, and milestone across multiple endeavours, as we have always done through our history.”

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