The American successor of Concord will fly in 2021


The modern version of the French Concorde and the Soviet TU-144 can make its first flight as early as 2021. On the eve of NASA gave permission to build an experimental supersonic X-59 QueSST.


Recall that the development of the aircraft is engaged in the American corporation Lockheed Martin. The main difference between the promising X-59 from its counterparts will be the absence of a shock wave when switching to supersonic.

So, if for TU-144 and Concorde this process was accompanied by something similar to rumble of thunder, then in the American experimental aircraft the “clap” will be comparable to closing a car door.

The aircraft will be able to develop a cruising speed of 1510 km / h (Mach 1,42) and rise to a height of 16,8 km. At the same time, not only "cotton", but the flight itself will be practically inaudible to residents of the surrounding area. Thus, the X-59 QueSST will be able to circumvent the ban on flying supersonic aircraft over human settlements, which is currently in force in the United States.

We also previously reported that an experimental aircraft could receive the cabin without glazing. The usual windows in the new generation supersonic airliner will be replaced by high-resolution displays that will display information from external cameras.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 December 2019 09: 11
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    Something modelka is not like a liner. From crap taken, or really experimental?
  2. bear040 Offline
    bear040 20 December 2019 23: 22
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    Not a fact ... In the 20th century, the United States tried, but could not build an analogue of Concord and Tu-144, although the development of such an aircraft was conducted by Boeing ...
  3. camo ridges Offline
    camo ridges (Michael) 21 December 2019 11: 51
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    So they jumped us. But according to the idea of ​​GDP, Russians also should not stay away from this business ...
  4. cmonman Offline
    cmonman (Garik Mokin) 15 February 2020 00: 20
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    For the curious:

    NASA's X-59 quiet supersonic research aircraft is approved for final assembly.

    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-x-59-quiet-supersonic-research-aircraft-cleared-for-final-assembly

    The X-59 is shaped to reduce the volume of the sound boom reaching the ground to the level of a loud boom, if at all. He will fly over areas of the United States to receive data from sensors and people in the field to evaluate the opinion of the population. These data will help regulators to establish new rules that allow commercial supersonic air flights over land.
    Construction of the X-59 under a $ 247,5 million contract continues at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works in Palmdale, California. Three main jobs are actively created to create the main fuselage of the aircraft, wing and plumage. The final assembly and integration of aircraft systems, including an innovative visibility system in the cockpit, is scheduled for the end of 2020.