APPENDIX C
Statement of Task

The High Speed Research Committee will conduct a 12-month study of the HSR program. This study will include thorough investigations of the following key technical areas:

  • engine emissions, fuel efficiency, service life, and weight

  • community noise

  • aircraft range and payload

  • weight and service life of airframe structures

The committee will prepare a report that accomplishes the following:

  1. assesses NASA's HSR planning

  2. evaluates progress to date

  3. recommends appropriate changes in the HSR program

To accomplish this task, the committee will meet approximately five times. Some meetings will take place at NASA centers and industry facilities where HSR research and development are under way.

The committee will receive extensive programmatic and technical briefings from NASA and relevant industry participants. The committee will review existing studies of the likely demands for supersonic transports in light of the dependence of these demands on aircraft characteristics. The committee may also request information on the extent of foreign programs from the Department of Commerce, NASA, and others.

The committee will take into consideration and build on relevant National Research Council reports issued by the ASEB, the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and the National Materials Advisory Board.



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U.S. Supersonic Commercial Aircraft: Assessing NASA's High Speed Research Program APPENDIX C Statement of Task The High Speed Research Committee will conduct a 12-month study of the HSR program. This study will include thorough investigations of the following key technical areas: engine emissions, fuel efficiency, service life, and weight community noise aircraft range and payload weight and service life of airframe structures The committee will prepare a report that accomplishes the following: assesses NASA's HSR planning evaluates progress to date recommends appropriate changes in the HSR program To accomplish this task, the committee will meet approximately five times. Some meetings will take place at NASA centers and industry facilities where HSR research and development are under way. The committee will receive extensive programmatic and technical briefings from NASA and relevant industry participants. The committee will review existing studies of the likely demands for supersonic transports in light of the dependence of these demands on aircraft characteristics. The committee may also request information on the extent of foreign programs from the Department of Commerce, NASA, and others. The committee will take into consideration and build on relevant National Research Council reports issued by the ASEB, the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and the National Materials Advisory Board.