Very soon, NASA would be conducting test flights from California's Edwards Air Force Base to ensure that the LBFD has a low boom and also get a public response to it.
Illustration of the completed X-59 QueSST landing on a runway.
Nasa is transferring closer to building a plane succesful of flying faster than sound but without the sonic enhance that ended up grounding Concorde. Along with Lockheed Martin, NASA is constructing the highly anticipated the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, known as the "son of Concorde".
It should be approved for its first test flight next year, and the actual launch will come a year after that. If successful, the craft could one day travel from London to NY in just over three hours, while transcending objections to supersonic air travel over land.
Lockheed said on its website that the X-59 will fly at a height of 55,000 feet at a speed of about 940 miles per hour and "create a sound about as loud as a auto door closing".
Bob Pearce, NASA's associate administrator for Aeronautics, said: "With the completion of KDP-D we've shown the project is on schedule, it's well planned and on track". Supersonic passenger flights have been banned over land since the early 1970s because of the boom.
'We bear everything in residing to continue this historic compare mission for the nation's air-travelling public'.
Construction of the X-59, under a Dollars 247.5 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, is continuing at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company´s Skunk Works factory in Palmdale, California. According to NASA's website, the X-59 will be flown over United States communities to generate data from both sensors and people on the ground.