Lockheed Martin will build X-plane demonstrator
As part of its Quiet Supersonic Technology (QUESST) programme, NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to design, build and flight-test a manned Low-boom Flight Demonstrator ‘X-plane’. It will be built at the company’s ‘Skunk Works’ in Palmdale, California, and will fly in 2021. In February 2016 NASA awarded Lockheed Martin Skunk Works a contract for the preliminary design of the X-plane flight demonstrator.
“It is super exciting to be back designing and flying X-planes at this scale,” said Jaiwon Shin, NASA’S Associate Administrator for Aeronautics. “Our long tradition of solving the technical barriers of supersonic flight to benefit everyone continues. The X-plane will help establish an acceptable commercial supersonic noise standard to overturn current regulations banning commercial supersonic travel over land.”
The Lockheed Martin X-plane low boom flight demonstrator should fly in 2021