Innovation in supersonic passenger air travel
H. Smith, Cranfield University, UK
Key issues relating to the supersonic business jet (SBJ) concept are reviewed, assessing the readiness of enabling technologies and the concept itself. The chapter overviews the market, environmental issues, the sonic boom and solutions, technological issues, including prediction methods, flight testing, systems, certification, and interested aerospace companies and design organisations. Reducing the sonic boom signature is vital if the vehicle is to be operated over land and economically viable. Investment is aimed at de-risking enabling technologies and raising readiness levels. Technologies are moving beyond theoretical and numerical analysis ...