Tag: Supersonic

NASA’s ‘Flying Saucer’ Will Test Supersonic Landing From The Edge Of Space

Update 5:45 p.m. EDT 6/8/15: A collective groan echoed throughout the LDSD mission control as flight controllers watched the flying saucer’s supersonic parachute shred during descent. The parachute deployed at first, but only partially, causing it to disintegrate mid-flight. Fortunately, all of the other systems performed as expected, including the initial weather balloon ascent and […]

Supersonic Plane Will Have Livestream Of The Outdoors Instead Of Windows

A supersonic passenger jet would be exposed to such extreme forces, it would just be easier for the plane not to have windows. That’s why the makers of one proposed Mach 1.8 passenger jet—due out in 2018—have decided to make their aircraft windowless. In the windows’ place, they’ll simply livestream what’s going on outside, Wired […]

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there’s been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes that inspire unimaginable wonder in children named Kelsey. Lockheed Skunk Works revealed Friday that […]