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[gizmag] Blast from the past, a return to biplanes to eliminate sonic booms

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A throwback to early 20th Century aviation may hold the key to eliminating the sonic boom - at least according to researchers at MIT and Stanford University. Strongly reminiscent of biplanes still in use today, the researcher's concept supersonic aircraft introduces a second wing which it is claimed cancels the shockwaves generated by objects near or beyond the sound barrier.

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It be awesome if biplanes could make supersonic travel more wide spread.
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That thing looks futuristic. From the 1990's.

Sweet none the less. thumb.gif
    
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The epic return of the Red Baron! biggrin.gif
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Doesn't look very "landable". Thought, the SR-71 lands on inline gear...
 
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The Tohoku University design would change shape during flight to adapt to supersonic speeds

It is a robot in disguise!
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MIT. Yeah they probably know what they're doing. It looks too short though.
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Nice. Less drag at supersonic speeds, and MIT think they have cracked the problem of getting the damn thing in the air in the first place (which was a problem before). Hopefully they can create a proof of concept model and get this into production in the next decade or so. Faster, cheaper flights are much needed.

Kind of related, but a while ago the BBC did a series of "Days that Shook the World" documentaries and one of them was on the first flight of Concorde to the US. I remember there was a clip of a bunch of protestors outside of the airport and they did an interview with one. He was convinced that the sonic boom as the plane landed would break windows and burst ear drums. I would have asked him:

1. Do you really think that the plane will land at supersonic speeds?
2. If you really think that it is so dangerous, why are you standing here? and
3. Do you realize that Concorde has, at this point, been flying round Europe for at least a year with no such problems?
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Boyboyd View Post

MIT. Yeah they probably know what they're doing. It looks too short though.

That's what she said...

So what, hows it do with expenses? All airlines care about is cutting costs. If it ain't fit the budget, trashed!
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That's what she said...
So what, hows it do with expenses? All airlines care about is cutting costs. If it ain't fit the budget, trashed!

All airlines are basically broke now, it's sad frown.gif
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Looks like a B-2 Bomber that is missing the front lol.
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