USA - Lockheed Martin to Build Quiet Supersonic X-Plane

Arno Froese

The space agency announced that it has awarded the aerospace company Lockheed Martin a $247.5 million contract to design and build a new X-plane, known as the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD), which may soar silently over the U.S. by 2022.

But don’t expect to board a supersonic passenger jet anytime soon; Lockheed Martin’s LBFD won’t be built for transporting people. Before any supersonic planes will be allowed to fly over land, NASA and Lockheed Martin must prove that it’s possible to break the sound barrier without the sonic boom.

“This piloted X-plane would be built specifically to fly technologies that reduce the loudness of a sonic boom to that of a gentle thump,” Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, said during a news conference.

While NASA is working to reduce the sonic boom, other companies are working on their own supersonic aircraft designs—all of which will still create sonic booms during flight.

Virgin Galactic has partnered up with Boom Technology to build a supersonic passenger jet called “Baby Boom” that could fly across the Atlantic Ocean at twice the speed of sound, cutting flight times in half. Those test flights are scheduled to begin in 2020. Another company, Spike Aerospace, aims to test its S-512 Supersonic Jet by the end of 2018.

-www.space.com, 3 April 2018

Arno's commentary

Technology is something we all benefit from. Without the steam engine, the internal combustion engine, and electricity, man would still be in the Stone Age. Progress will always have the upper hand. In this case, money is apparently not an object, since the government stands behind the project.

What is the purpose? Simply flying faster, getting from point A to point B in half the time. The Russians, as well as the Europeans, were successful in building a supersonic passenger jet, the Concorde, which carried passengers from 1976 to 2003. In the long run, it was not financially sustainable and, with one deadly accident in France, the Concorde ceased to carry passengers.

Again, we ask: what is the real reason? We believe it’s mankind’s desire to simply have more, do more, be faster, and in the end, make profit. During the building of the Tower of Babel, the Lord said: “…and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do” (Genesis 11:6b).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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