Lock­heed Mar­tin will build X-plane demon­stra­tor

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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

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