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Nope, it’s not just the stuff of dreams: NASA tests “quiet” supersonic jet. Rob Waugh, metro.uk.co, writes that NASA is paving the way to supersonic travel with “Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST),” which is designed to reach “supersonic speeds over land – without people on the ground hearing a sonic boom.” According to Peter Iosifidis, QueSST program manager at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the “aircraft design is shaped to separate the shocks and expansions associated with supersonic flight, dramatically reducing the aircraft’s loudness.” He adds that the airplane’s noise signature will be “more of a ‘heartbeat’ instead of the traditional sonic boom.”
This will come as welcome relief to the many people around the U.S. (and the world) who are trying to cope with airport noise.
Originally posted at Silencity.com.