All Sonic, No Boom


Popular Science article on the Quiet Supersonic Transport concept, a luxury private jet that could be the first civilian supersonic plane approved for overland routes, thanks to aerodynamics designed to muzzle its sonic boom.

Designed to fly between Mach 1.6 and 1.8 (1,056 to 1,188 mph), the two-engine gull-wing aircraft would leave a sonic wake that’s only one hundredth the strength of the Mach 2–capable Concorde, the 100-seat speed demon that wound up permanently grounded following a fatal accident in 2000.

A design will be chosen next year, and be put on the market by 2014 for about $80 million

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