Startup Exosonic recently won a US Air Force (USAF) contract to develop a low-boom supersonic executive transport that could serve as a future “Air Force One”.
The USAF’s Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate says on 31 August that the company has a contract for an undisclosed amount to develop the aircraft. The US Air Force Research Laboratory is also involved in issuing the contract, according to a tweet from Exosonic.
The supersonic aircraft would “allow key decision makers and teams to travel around the world in half the time it takes now,” writes the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate on Twitter.
The company says its jet would be able to fly at supersonic speeds without the window-shattering noise of a sonic boom by using technology similar to NASA’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Research Aircraft. Such technology is supposed to reduce sonic booms heard on the ground to a dampened thump, if the noise is heard at all.
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