Is ozone doomed by supersonic plume?


  • Elaine Briebele


The simple desire to save time is reviving interest in supersonic flight. Travelers' demands for faster travel have compelled Congress to fund NASA's High Speed Research Program, which aims to overcome the obstacles that sent full development of the supersonic passenger plane to its demise over 25 years ago.

Removing those obstacles presents substantial challenges. The current $6,000 to $9,000 fare for a supersonic trans-Atlantic trip on the Concorde lends credence to the view of supersonic aircraft as “chariots of the rich.”