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Lockheed wins $250M NASA contract to build supersonic plane

CNBC logo CNBC 4/3/2018 Michael Sheetz
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Lockheed Martin has won a nearly quarter-billion dollar NASA contract to develop a plane capable of supersonic speed without creating the deafening sonic boom that comes with breaking the sound barrier. 

The cost-plus NASA contract, valued at $247.5 million, will allow the defense contractor's secretive Skunk Works division to continue development of Lockheed Martin's Quiet Supersonic Technology (or QueSST) aircraft.

Under the low-boom flight demonstration contract, Lockheed Martin will design and build an experimental airplane which NASA will flight-test by the end of 2021.

The X-plane will be built at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California. 

The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ X-plane for NASA's Low-Boom Flight Demonstration contract.© Provided by CNBC The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ X-plane for NASA's Low-Boom Flight Demonstration contract.

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