今天,該機構宣布決定向洛克希德馬丁航空公司(LMAC)授予開發合同。這家總部位於加利福尼亞的公司一直負責開發一種「低爆炸飛行演示器」(LBFD),這種實驗飛機可以實現近乎沉默的超音速旅行。
美國國家航空航天局與LBFD的最終目標是將超音速飛行帶到消費市場,從而可以比以往更快地運送。正如Engadget所指出的那樣,消費類飛機上的這種技術可能為紐約和洛杉磯等城市之間的飛行速度打開兩個小時。
……該機構將在美國的部分城市飛行LBFD,詢問居民是否在事後聽到任何消息。

LMAC將在2.475億美元的預算範圍內開發實驗飛機。在2021年的某個時候收到完成的飛機後,NASA將進行一系列測試飛行以確保該技術按預期工作。之後,在2022年中期,該機構將在美國部分城市飛行LBFD,詢問居民在事後是否聽到任何消息。

儘管這項技術聽起來很有趣,但LBFD技術很可能不會很快在你當地的機場着陸。美國國家航空和宇宙航行局仍需通過相當多的繁文縟節來阻止超音速飛機在陸地上空飛行。

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NASA awards Lockheed Martin $250 million contract for the development of a quiet supersonic aircraft

Hopping on a plane is certainly one of the faster ways to travel the world but there’s always room for improvement. This is a sentiment NASA seems to agree with if their latest announcement is anything to go by.

Today, the agency announced their decision to award a development contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (LMAC). The California-based company has been tasked with developing a “Low Boom Flight Demonstrator,” (LBFD) an experimental aircraft that could achieve near-silent supersonic travel.

NASA’s ultimate goal with the LBFD is to bring supersonic flight to consumer markets, allowing for quicker transit than ever before. As Engadget notes, such technology in a consumer plane could open the door to flights as fast as two hours between cities like New York and Los Angeles.

…the agency will fly the LBFD over select US cities, asking residents whether or not they heard anything after the fact.

LMAC will be working within a $247.5 million budget to develop the experimental aircraft. After receiving the finished aircraft sometime in 2021, NASA will conduct a series of test flights to ensure the technology is working as intended. Later, in mid-2022, the agency will fly the LBFD over select US cities, asking residents whether or not they heard anything after the fact.

As interesting as this technology sounds, LBFD technology likely won’t be making its way to your local airport anytime soon. NASA will still have to get through quite a bit of red tape currently preventing supersonic flights from taking place over land.

源自:techspot

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