Drive Wire for August 12th, 2016: NASA Begins Testing Quiet Engine for Supersonic Passenger Jets

New engine technology could allow high-speed airliners to land at commercial airports.

byThe Drive Staff| PUBLISHED Aug 12, 2016 6:12 PM

Today on Drive Wire, The Drive discusses the news that NASA has begun testing new engine technology designed to help pave the way for supersonic commercial flights. Supersonic airliners like the Concorde failed to gain acceptance largely due to the earth-shaking sonic booms they created and the tooth-rattlingly-loud engines they used; now, however, NASA and Lockheed Martin have teamed up to develop a prototype for a new generation of supersonic jetliners that would be quiet enough to pass muster. Want to find out more? Check out the video above.