• The largest awards of this round of funding went to MIT and Wyle Laboratories, a research contractor in Virginia, to investigate the environmental impact of commercial supersonic flight and how turbulence affects sonic booms, respectively.
  • MIT’s study will be looking into updating the environmental impact models created for NASA in the ’80s and ’90s. Another big chunk of the funds went into research on how to make supersonic travel quieter.
  • NASA said that if all goes to plan with these studies, it sees the first business-jet-sized supersonic planes going into production by 2025, and commercial planes by 2030.

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