Artist impression of a Low Boom Flight Demonstration Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) X-plane design (credit: Lockheed Martin)

New Concorde plane to ‘fly in 2020’ with one big change

RETURN OF SUPERSONIC PASSENGER SERVICE WITH WHAT IS BEING CALLED A “HEARTBEAT” PLANNED BY NASA. The space agency has unveiled plans for the new aircraft to fly from 2020, with the design having one major difference to the much-loved Concorde that was retired in 2003. A supersonic heartbeat It might have been an engineering marvel and icon, but Concorde was also well known for loud sonic booms as it passed through the sound barrier. And for some people, that was always a source…

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5 examples of iconic technology today’s kids may not recognise

1. The Supersonic passenger plane Perhaps one of the most iconic passenger planes ever built, this plane was the result of British and French co-operation. It is of course Concorde, which could speed beyond Mach 2 – two times faster than the speed of sound. Scheduled flights began in 1976 but Concorde was officially retired in 2003. The fastest ever transatlantic Concorde flight was to London Heathrow from New York JFK airport and took just under 3 hours and took place in February 1996. Photo…

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