Summary: Affirmative plan removes ban on domestic supersonic air travel in the U.S. This brief counters that.
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Affirmative plan removes ban on domestic supersonic air travel in the U.S. Although there are no planes currently operating, supersonic (traveling faster than the speed of sound) airplanes could legally travel on overseas routes. But they are prohibited from traveling over the US land surface, due to worries about noise. AFF believes supersonic air travel can be legalized now because new technologies are making it more economical and quieter. A company called “Boom Technologies” claims it can have one flying by the decade of 2020s. Neg strategy will be to show that it is not more economical, the noise problem has not been solved, and that we need to do more study before we do anything else.
Note: “Mach” numbers refer to the speed compared to the speed of sound (767 mph). Mach 1 = speed of sound. Mach 2 = twice the speed of sound… etc.
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