The article presents a multi-discipline approach to the application of the latest technology to supersonic cruise aircraft concept definition, identifies current problem areas, and cites developing technology, in several disciplines, which are prospective solutions to these problems. Approach, status, and potential for improvement are addressed through consideration of a Langley Research Center (LRC) concepted supersonic cruise configuration (based on technology developed since 1969) and several parametric variations. As part of the developing technology, a recently developed aircraft sizing and performance computer program now makes possible rapid analysis of the effects of configuration resizing such as changes in wing loading and thrust-to-weight ratio. This program was used to determine allowable wing loading and takeoff gross weight sensitivity to structural weight reduction. Based on scale model tests of coannular nozzles, noise suppression on the order of that required for the configurations considered here can be achieved.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  United States  10523
  • Authors:
    • Baber Jr, H T
    • Driver, C
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 111-129
  • Serial:
    • Acta Astronautica
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 1-2
    • Publisher: Pergamon Press, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172799
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM