Son of Concorde

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Spike is competing with NASA and Virgin Airlines to develop a commercial supersonic jet capable of breaking the 767 mph sound barrier.

Last month NASA revealed that it had carried out breakthrough tests of its version of the supersonic jet.

Experts working on the £289million ($390million) project tested the latest prototype inside a massive wind tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Now Spike have gone one step further by carrying out seven short flights to examine the design and flight controls of the jet.

[H/T Chuckles]

10 comments for “Son of Concorde

  1. October 17, 2017 at 13:02

    A ‘business’ jet maybe. 40 passengers in such a ‘scaled up’ design, eh? Will they each get a personal cockpit, in tandem?

  2. dearieme
    October 17, 2017 at 15:33

    Supersonic but no swept-back wings: really?

    • ivan
      October 17, 2017 at 18:57

      I think you will find that wing configuration is used to test how the body reacts in flight. It is one standard that they know about in great detail which allows them to concentrate on the body in flight.

      Once they have the test results compared with the wind tunnel results they can then move on to the swept wing part of the testing.

      This type of aircraft development is very much a case of ‘slowly, slowly catchee monkey’.

  3. October 17, 2017 at 15:58

    Well spotted.

    • dearieme
      October 18, 2017 at 14:41

      Is that a “widow maker”?

      • October 18, 2017 at 16:39

        Yes, although there have been several called that.

      • Chuckles
        October 18, 2017 at 17:27

        dearime, yes indeed F-104 Starfighter, a somewhat unforgiving aircraft, with er, ‘sharply defined handling characteristics’…

  4. Robert the Biker
    October 19, 2017 at 20:37

    One of the problems with the Starfighter was that you had a fairly fast take off speed but the wheels could not be retracted over a certain speed, the two where very close. The idea was to get off the ground and instantly retract, otherwise your handling went to hell and it was very hard to even circle and land again, it messed up the aerodynamics so badly. This caused the loss of more than a few pilots, Germans particularly for some reason.
    By Mum worked for Lockheed in Canada, visited the Skunkworks, and had some amazing tales to tell.

  5. October 20, 2017 at 05:26

    Interesting.

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