For those of us who live far from our families, it can be hard to address the challenge of returning home , especially for the holidays. Prices are high for one, but there’s a major physical strain that comes along with a six hour flight in a cramped cabin; until now.

Lockheed Martin is designing a supersonic jet for commercial airlines that could cut the time traveling across the country in half. Surprisingly, the challenge of such a feat is not speed, but sound.

Airplanes can reach supersonic speeds, but when they travel over 760 miles per hour they create a sonic boom, causing disruption to nature, wildlife and people’s eardrums. To address these challenges, Lockheed is looking at some high-tech solutions like low noise exhaust, integrated noise suppression and airframe noise suppression. They even created a video to explain the science behind it all.

The sleek airplane is smaller than the 737, seating only about 80 passengers. We expect this means prices for a spot would be high, but such a quick trip must surely be worth the cost … right?!

What do you think of this supersonic airplane? Would you be one of the first to try it? Tell us in the comments below!

(h/t Mashable )