NASA is all set for its spanking new mission! With an aim to lift the current bans on faster-than-sound air travel over land, the entire team of NASA, teamed up with Nasa Aero is on a mission to lay the groundwork for a New Generation of commercial Supersonic Aircraft.
The entire Team of NASA officially made it to the public via a Twitter post announcing the advent of a brand new Supersonic technology.
This post was further followed by an elaborate description via the official NASA Tumblr account where they explained their mission in detail for the public out there.
NASA offers a sneak peek into the manufacturing of X-59!
“We’re on a mission to help you get to where you want to go in half the time. Using our single-pilot X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) research aircraft, we will provide rule-makers the data needed to lift current bans on faster-than-sound air travel over land and help enable a new generation of commercial supersonic aircraft,” posted the NASA team.
The additional features and facts about the to-be-launched Supersonic Aircraft was further provided by NASA through their official Tumblr. The X-59 QueSST is uniquely designed in such a manner that it will help to reduce a loud sonic boom, typically produced by conventional supersonic aircraft, to a gentle sonic thump, making it quieter for people on the ground. In order to check and analyze the working of this New Generation technology, NASA is planning for a trial run over selected U.S. communities to gauge the public’s response to the sound.
“We are working with Lockheed Martin in Palmdale, California, to manufacture the X-59 and are making significant progress, despite the pandemic. We finished the majority of work on the wing and closed its interior, marking the halfway point on construction of the aircraft.”
It is reported that the X-59 team at Lockheed Martin completed the final touches by fastening skins to the wing. A special sealant is applied so that fuel can be carried in the wings of the aircraft. The aft part of the aircraft will hold an F414 GE engine and other critical systems. Unlike typical aircraft, the engine inlet will be located on the upper surface of the X-59 and is one of many features that will help reduce the noise heard on the ground.
Over the next several months, the team will merge all three sections together. After final assembly in 2021, the X-59 will undergo umpteen number of tests to ensure structural integrity of the aircraft and that its components work properly. The maiden run of the aircraft is scheduled to be in 2022 and community testing in 2024, making way for a new market of quiet commercial supersonic aircraft.