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Research for Nasa's N+3 Supersonic Jet Aims to Decrease Sonic Boom

By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: Jul 8, 2014 • References: aeronautics.nasa.gov and en.rocketnews24
NASA'S N+3 Supersonic jet is a concept for a super quiet and sustainable lean green flying machine. It's now been over a decade since the last supersonic passenger jet took flight, but in an 18-month, $1.96 million project led by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, NASA has plans to develop an aircraft with a decreased sonic boom, which could mean that supersonic aircraft could make a return to the commercial market in the future—somewhere between 2030 and 2035.

Research for the N+3 will focus on structure, aerodynamics, emissions and fuels, showing off top-notch green technology to prove that there is a viable future for supersonic passenger travel. Instead of a slow trip overseas by subsonic aircraft, this could mean that there may be a better, faster mode of transport to look forward to in the future.