Recently NASA granted $20 Million contract to Lockheed Martin to design a passenger jet, designed to fly faster than the speed of sound.
"The agency said it has awarded a $20 million, 17-month contract to Lockheed Martin to complete the preliminary design of the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) prototype. If that effort goes as intended, NASA will hold a competition to finish the design and build the single-seat, single-engine demonstration plane. Flight tests of the 90-foot-long, 20,000-pound prototype could begin as early as late 2019." http://www.examiner.com/article/nasa-to-pursue-quiet-supersonic-passenger-jet
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