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Startups, NASA Work on Supersonic Commercial Flights Return

NASA, along with startups, are working on the supersonic flights’ return commercially to fly passengers at a faster rate.

(Photo : from Boom Supersonic Commercial Aircraft website )
NASA and startups are working on supersonic commercial or passenger flights’ return after its catastrophic end, almost 20 years ago.

It comes years after the said type of aircraft ceased operating due to both operating costs and critical safety concerns.

NASA, Startups and Supersonic Commercial Flights Return

As per the news story by CBS News, some startups are now working with the assistance of NASA or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to kick off the long-awaited return of blazing-fast passenger flights.

The CEO and founder of the startup Boom, Blake Scholl, told Bill Whitaker of “60 Minutes” in an interview that his firm is working to produce a supersonic aircraft, making its return after years of absence.

What’s more, CBS News reported that Boom is not alone in the endeavor of bringing back supersonic flights commercially. In fact, other firms, namely Spike, which develops sleek ultra-fast jets, and Hermeus, which plans to produce hypersonic planes, are also on a similar route.

However, it is to note that Scholl’s American startup is the only firm that plans to build an actual supersonic airplane that once flew in the air.

Supersonic Commercial Flights

It is worth mentioning that the last passenger supersonic flight occurred nearly 20 years ago. Some Gen Zs may have not heard about the said blazing-fast type of aircraft, cutting the overall air travel by half.

Although the super-fast flight was available during that time, it was only limited to a number of routes.

The last supersonic flight, in the flesh of Flight 002 of the British Airways, was way back on Oct. 24, 2003, which marked the demise of the rapid commercial aircraft.

It comes a few years after safety concerns have been repeatedly raised regarding the…

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