The team is moving forward with the construction of a piloted X-plane that features with quiet supersonic technologies. At that speed, NASA wants the aircraft to make a sonic boom that is about as loud as a door being closed.
NASA will fly the aircraft by mid-2022 to gather and relay public feedback on the flights to USA and global regulators in order to draft new supersonic flight rules.
However, the $247 million X-plane contract with Lockheed Martin Skunk Works aims at eventually bringing supersonic travel to the masses.
It'll be developed from a preliminary design that Lockheed Martin developed under a separate contract in 2016.
The 94-foot long plane is expected to start test flights in 2021 and fly at a cruising altitude of 55,000ft at Mach 1.42, or 940mph (1512kmh), with a top speed of Mach 1.5.
The jet will be propelled by a single General Electric F414 engine, the powerplant used by F/A-18E/F fighters, according to NASA.
The partners are seeking to foster technology that can overcome noise restrictions on supersonic flight, which has been banned overland for civil aircraft since 1973.
While NASA's goal with its newest X-plane isn't to silence the sound, they're attempting to make it much softer.
The following year NASA officials said they will fly the X-plane over US cities and collect community responses to the noise.
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After the plane undergoes flight testing at Edwards, NASA will then begin "community response" tests at both the base and in up to six US cities, slated for completion by 2025.
Nasa has commissioned an aircraft capable of speeding from London to NY in three hours.
The shock waves of a conventional aircraft design merge as they expand away from the nose and tail of the aircraft, causing two loud bang sonic booms.
The contract, which runs through 2021, allows for the design, building and testing of a passenger plane prototype "that reduces a sonic boom to a gentle thump", the United States space agency said in a statement.
Lockheed said in a Tuesday news release that the project "will help NASA establish an acceptable commercial supersonic noise standard to overturn current regulations".
Commercial supersonic air travel ended with Concorde in 2003.
NASA is not the only organization looking at supersonic flight.
First, the company must show it is possible to fly a quiet supersonic aircraft.
The contract calls for Lockheed to complete the demonstration aircraft by the end of 2021.