NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft (QueSST) is pictured here at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in California, wrapped up in preparation for its move to Texas. The X-plane will undergo ground tests to ensure it can withstand the stresses of flight before returning to California for completion.
Credits: Lockheed Martin

图为NASA的X-59安静超音速技术飞机(QUSST)在加利福尼亚州洛克希德·马丁臭鼬工厂,正在为飞往德克萨斯做准备。X-plane将接受地面测试,以确保在返回加利福尼亚完成之前能够承受飞行压力。
影像来源:洛克希德·马丁公司

2021 saw significant milestones achieved in the assembly of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft (QueSST), and all eyes now look forward to a pivotal 2022. Following the X-plane’s temporary move from Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works in California to their facilities in Texas, the X-59 is set to start 2022 with critical ground testing, as progress continues toward NASA’s target of the aircraft’s first flight later this year.

2021年,NASA的X-59静音超音速技术飞机(QUSST)的组装取得了重要的里程碑,现在所有人都期待着关键的2022年。随着X-plane暂时从位于加利福尼亚州的洛克希德·马丁公司臭鼬工厂转移到他们在德克萨斯州的工厂,X-59将在2022年开始进行关键的地面测试,为NASA在今年晚些时候实现飞机首次飞行目标的进展继续。

While in Texas, ground testing of the X-59 will be done to ensure the aircraft can withstand the loads and stresses that typically occur during flight. The team will also calibrate and test the fuel systems before the X-59 makes the journey back to California for more tests and completion.

在德克萨斯州,将对X-59进行地面测试,以确保飞机能够承受飞行过程中通常发生的载荷和应力。在X-59返回加州进行更多测试和完成之前,该团队还将校准和测试燃料系统。

The X-59 is designed to reduce the loudness of the sonic boom, which occurs when an aircraft flies faster than the speed of sound, to a gentle, quiet sonic “thump”. The X-plane will demonstrate this in flights over communities around the U.S. starting in 2024, as NASA collects data that could open the future to commercial supersonic flights over land.

X-59的设计目的是将飞机飞行速度超过音速时产生的音爆的响度降低为柔和、安静的“砰砰”声。从2024年开始,X-plane将在美国各地社区的飞行中展示这一点,NASA正在收集数据,这些数据将为陆地上的商业超音速飞行打开未来的大门。

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

影像来源:洛克希德·马丁公司

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