Start-up aircraft maker has contracted with the U.S. military to develop a moderately sounding passenger airplane that could even be a presidential special aircraft in the future.
In the U.S. Army, the directorate responsible for transporting the president and the air force’s research and development department recently signed a contract with a start-up called Exosonic. The goal is to develop a supersonic machine capable of transporting high-ranking government personnel. The value of the contract has not been disclosed yet, but it is certainly millions of dollars. The plans are based on the company’s Mach 1.8-speed, 70-passenger commercial passenger project. While there is little public concrete, it is certain that the future machine will use similar technology to NASA’s X-59 experimental machine.
The essence of this is that although the sound explosion cannot be eliminated, its effects can be reduced to a tolerable extent, thus the effect on the ground surface, the noise load is also sufficiently moderate. The developers hope this will convince regulators to allow supersonic travel not only over seas and oceans but also over land, unlike Concorde, so the type could be used more widely. Although this is Exosonic’s first stand-alone development, the team has previously been involved in the creation of several military aircraft, including the YF-22 experimental fighter, the F-35 Lightning II, and the Rockwell B-1B, giving them extensive experience in flying above the speed of sound. For this reason, it doesn’t even plan on a model capable of flying at a speed similar to that of Boom Technology, but instead focuses on capacity and cost-effective operation. With up to seventy passengers, they hope to halve travel time compared to traditional planes for the price of one business class ticket per person.