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NASA to design Quiet Supersonic X-plane


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The US space agency is attempting to develop a radical new version of the concorde supersonic passenger jet.

Scientists from NASA and Martin Lockheed are aiming to revolutionise commercial air travel by creating a plane that can break the 767mph sound barrier.

Incredible pictures showing the latest tests of its Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) have now been revealed by NASA.

Experts working on the £289million ($390million) project tested the latest prototype inside a massive wind tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

With further tests planned, NASA is now taking bids to begin construction of a demo supersonic jet.

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BREAKTHROUGH: NASA has tested a new prototype of its X-plane in a wind tunnel

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TEST: Engineer Samantha O’Flaherty finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology

The space agency hopes that flight tests of the QueSST Preliminary Design, otherwise known as Plane-X, could begin as early as 2021.

It currently takes a commerical airliner more than eight hours to fly from London to New York.

A “new concorde” with a top speed of 2,179mph would cut that time in half to around three hours and 30 minutes.

US President Donald Trump has included funding for the ambitious project in his 2018 budget proposal.

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SPEEDY: The Concorde was able to travel between New York and London in less than 3.5 hours

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