24 julio, 2010

Supersonic Green Machine

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Take a look at this:


NASA - Supersonic Green Machine


This came from a NASA news release today, and I thought it looked interesting.  Here’s what NASA has to say about it:


This future aircraft design concept for supersonic flight over land comes from the team led by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.


The team’s simulation shows possibility for achieving overland flight by dramatically lowering the level of sonic booms through the use of an “inverted-V” engine-under wing configuration. Other revolutionary technologies help achieve range, payload and environmental goals.


This supersonic cruise concept is among the designs presented in April 2010 to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate for its NASA Research Announcement-funded studies into advanced aircraft that could enter service in the 2030-2035 timeframe.


I wonder what it’s fuel consumption would be, and if something like this would be available for civilian traffic.


What do you think about the Supersonic Green Machine?

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