Washington, March 1 : US space agency NASA announced that it is planning to build a supersonic passenger jet which will be as quiet and efficient as possible, the media reported on Tuesday.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Monday said that it has awarded a first contract, worth $20 million, to the US company Lockheed Martin to develop a preliminary design of an aircraft which surpasses the speed of sound, EFE news reported.
Despite using a jet engine, which traditionally causes loud noise, the sound levels produced by the new aircraft would be minimal.
The new design would also meet the requirements for reduction of pollution as it would optimize fuel consumption.
"NASA is working hard to make flight greener, safer and quieter," said Bolden.