New Supersonic Technology Designed to Reduce Sonic Booms

This rendering shows the Lockheed Martin future supersonic advanced concept featuring two engines under the wings and one on top of the fuselage (not visible in this image).

By Bob Granath
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Residents along Florida’s Space Coast will soon hear a familiar sound — sonic booms. But instead of announcing a spacecraft’s return from space, they may herald a new era in faster air travel.

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NASA Funding Lockheed Supersonic Aircraft Research

Solicitation Number: NNH08ZEA001-N-SUP3
Notice Type: Presolicitation Synopsis:
Added: Sep 15, 2009 2:49 pm

RECOVERY ACT

THIS NOTICE IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION, LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS COMPANY, PALMDALE, CA.

The Supersonics Project is aligned with the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) principles of maintaining intellectual stewardship of aeronautical core competencies for the nation in the supersonic flight regime and of focusing research in areas that are appropriate to NASAs unique capabilities. The Project supports the Fundamental Aeronautics Programs (FAP) strategy of developing systems level multidisciplinary capabilities for supersonic civilian and military applications.

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NewSpace 09: Suborbital Point-to-Point Panel

X-51 Waverider
X-51 Waverider

PANELISTS:

Charles Lauer – Vice President of Business Development, Rocketplane, Inc.
Paul Damphousse – Chief of Advanced Concepts, National Security Space Office
Kelvin Coleman – Special Assistant for Programs and Planning, FAA
A.C. Charania – President, SpaceWorks Commercial
Randall Clague – Government Liaison, XCOR Aerospace

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