NASA points the future of supersonic flight, with this model of a potential low-boom supersonic aircraft designed by Boeing. The model here is actually upside down. Image credit: NASA/Michelle M. Murphy.
The first aim for scientists for flying faster than the speed of sound, is to figure out how to reduce the level of sonic boom generated by supersonic flight.
The Boeing Company installed this subscale model for testing in the supersonic wind tunnel at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
Depending on the type of test and on the tunnel, the model can be oriented any way.
The tests are among those being conducted by NASA and its partners to identify technologies and designs to achieve a level of sonic boom so low that it barely registers on buildings and people below.
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