The NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio is to conduct eight-weeks of wind tunnel tests on Lockheed Martin’s Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) preliminary design model.

The tests will simulate speeds from Mach 0.3 to Mach 1.6 and will analyse the airflow into the engine during all phases of flight, as well as lift, drag and side forces on the airframe at various angles-of attack and sideslip. NASA is hoping for additional funding to award an additional contract to build and test a low-boom demonstration aircraft by 2020.

27 February 2017