NASA's X-59 'quiet' supersonic jet passes key safety review ahead of 1st test flight

If they're reducing the volume of the sonic boom with the plane's geometry, then will this technology be applicable to jumbo jets?

Is this going to be a rich person thing?

And why is the National Space Administration (NaSA) wasting time with planes. /j

PS. This plane looks so cool.
As an engineer, I geek out on the whole no-boom development process.

As a human hoping to maintain a livable planet, I'm disgusted that anyone would consider that supersonic passenger flight is an acceptable goal in light of the profligate fuel consumption and accompanying carbon footprint. The boom factor is irrelevant to this issue.

If these flying disasters do manifest themselves, I hope that all rational governments will ban overflight of their territories.
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