You don\u2019t necessarily have to be a mutant or have Professor X\u2019s permission to fly the new NASA X-Plane, but the brains behind the jet are so genius that they just might be mutants. The X-Plane was designed for a specific mission, to provide crucial data that could make commercial supersonic passenger air travel over land possible. The $247.5 million contract to build the X-Plane was awarded to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Palmdale, California, on April 2 with the projected completion date of the end of 2021. Success will be determined by whether the X-Plane\u2014also known as the \u201cLow-Boom Flight Demonstrator\u201d (yeah, \u201cX-Plane,\u201d though less descriptive, definitely sounds better)\u2014can go supersonic and create a sonic boom so quiet that people on the ground won\u2019t notice and possibly not even hear them.\r\n\r\nCurrent regulations are based on aircraft speed and ban supersonic flight over land. The data for the tests will be taken by flying over select cities, yet to be announced, and judging public reaction. The X program started in 1947 when the X-1 broke the sound barrier. Since then, the program has been building toward this moment.\r\n\r\nSonic booms are created when conventional aircrafts cause shockwaves to coalesce when they expand away from the airplane\u2019s nose and tail, causing two distinct and loud claps. The X-plane is designed in such a way that the shockwaves are prevented from coming together, creating instead a quick series of soft thumps. It remains to be seen if it will work.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.