No paper plane: NASA supersonic X-59 QueSST is coming together

Daily Newsletter | October 11, 2019
Following years of research and design engineering, NASA believes it has come up with a solution on how to reduce a sonic boom. The agency has been working with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to develop the technology that can overcome current noise restrictions for commercial supersonic flight over land and pave the way for establishing a new market of air travel. The project is known as X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology or QueSST and, according to NASA, it is already taking shape – with assembly work ramping up towards the eventual first flight of the supersonic jet scheduled in 2021.
This year, the Paris Air Show saw the signing of the agreement that set the legal framework for the joint development of the Future Air Combat System (FCAS) European fighter jet program started by France and Germany and recently joined by Spain. Since then, Dassault and Airbus have been eagerly waiting for the green light to start developing their demonstrators.
An Antonov An-72 cargo plane operated by the Congolese Air Force crashed near Punia in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The aircraft was transporting logistical support for the president Félix Tshisekedi.
Airbus has delivered the 1,000th A320neo Family aircraft to IndiGo. The millenial aircraft is the Airbus A321neo variant.  
Porsche and Boeing are forming a partnership to explore premium urban air mobility market. The two companies have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding, as announced on October 10, 2019, under which they agreed to create a joint team “to address” aspects such as the possible use cases of premium vehicles and the market potential. 
Lufthansa has announced its latest traffic results, including figures for its two mainline subsidiaries and the low-cost carrier Eurowings, which is showcasing worrying trends as the calm flight season of fall begins.
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