Professional Aerospace Speaker Series
Mike Buonanno - QueSST Chief Engineer - Lockheed Martin Skunk Works
University of Texas - Arlington @ 7:00 p.m.
In partnership with NASA, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works has completed the preliminary design and wind tunnel testing of the QueSST X-plane, which aims to better understand acceptable commercial supersonic aircraft sound levels across the country and develop a way for piloted aircraft to fly fast with low boom. QueSST is designed to fly at Mach 1.4, 55,000 feet above the ground. The aircraft is shaped to separate the shocks and expansions associated with supersonic flight to reduce the volume of the shaped signature. QueSST’s “heartbeat” will be dramatically quieter than the traditional “N-wave” sonic boom associated with the current supersonic aircraft in flight today. The Skunk Works team has been advancing this technology for the last 20 years as part of multiple efforts.