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NASA’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Completes Critical Ground Tests


Published on: April 24, 2022,

A supersonic aircraft is an aircraft capable of supersonic flight, which is an aircraft able to fly faster than the speed of sound. The X-59 NASA’s supersonic aircraft has arrived back at work facility in Palmdale, California following several months of ground tests in Worth, Texas. Unlike other supersonic aircraft X-59  is designed to produce less noises. NASA needed to validate X-plane produce less noise using a ground recording system.


With its return X-59 aircraft will undergo further ground tests to approach full completion of its development and continue to make progress on its way to first flight.   The advanced X- plane will reduce sound to a quiet sonic “thump”, which will demonstrate flights over communities around the U.S starting in 2024. NASA’s goal is to collect and provide data to regulators that may finally solve the sonic boom and open the future to commercial supersonic flights over land which will reduce flight times drastically.]


The Low Boom flight Demonstration mission has two goals. The first is to design and build NASA’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology or QueSST. The next is to fly the X-59 59 QueSST over select U.S. communities to gather data on human responses to the sound generated during supersonic flight and deliver that data set to U.S. and international regulators.


NASA’s aeronautical innovators are leading a government – industry team to collect data that could make supersonic flight over land possible which will reduce travel time


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