US agency Nasa planning to soon build low sonic boom demonstrator aircraft

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) had completed the design of, and hopes to soon build, a technology demonstrator aircraft to establish that it is possible at attenuate sonic booms to such a degree that it will permit overland supersonic commercial flight. Construction of this aircraft now just awaits the approval of the Nasa budget by the US Congress. "Why are we working on supersonics? Why is this so important? … People want to go places, and speed is valued in that," explained Nasa Advanced Air Vehicle Programme Director Jay Dryer. He was addressing the Aeronautical Society of South Africa 2017 Conference at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre in Pretoria. (He also attended the Eighth Summit of the International Forum of Aviation Research hosted by CSIR Aeronautics Systems at the same venue.) "There really is an international interest in this area," he added. "The reason is that it connects people around the world."