Evoking the experimental nature of flight testing and the spirit of aeronautical exploration, Quesst is what NASA is calling its mission to enable supersonic air travel over land. This new moniker – complete with an extra “s” to represent “supersonic” – draws its inspiration from NASA’s long legacy of supersonic flight research. Quesst, which replaces the mission’s original name: the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration, effectively conveys the purpose and excitement of a journey that could lead to a dramatic reduction in passenger air travel time.

With the introduction of Quesst comes a new mission identity — a blue and green signature mark that represents the elements of Quesst. The mission graphic displays stylized supersonic shockwaves encircling the research aircraft, above a community of homes. The imagery highlights the ground-breaking research that will be conducted across several U.S. cities during this mission.

Through Quesst, NASA plans to demonstrate that the X-59 research aircraft can fly faster than sound without generating the loud sonic booms supersonic aircraft typically produce. This thunderous sound is the reason the U.S. and other governments banned most supersonic flight over land.

Working with select communities, NASA will fly the X-59 to learn how people react to the diminished sonic “thump” it produces – if they hear anything at all. The agency will share survey data with regulators, with the hope they will consider writing new rules that lift the ban that currently restricts commercial supersonic aircraft from flying over land.

Quesst – the mission where speed never sounded so quiet.

Learn more: New Name, Same Great Supersonic Mission

Image Credit: Maria Werries/NASA

Quesst唤起了飞行测试的实验性质和航空探索的精神,NASA称其任务是在陆地上实现超音速空中旅行。这个新名字——加上一个额外的“s”来代表“超音速”——从NASA长期以来的超音速飞行研究中汲取了灵感。Quesst取代了该任务最初的名称:低空飞行演示,它有效地传达了旅行的目的和兴奋之情,这可能会大大减少乘客的航空旅行时间。

随着Quesst的引入,一个新的任务标识也随之而来——一个蓝色和绿色的签名标志,代表Quesst的元素。任务标识显示了程式化的超音速冲击波围绕着研究飞机,上方是一个住宅社区。这些图像强调了这次任务期间将在美国几个城市进行的开创性研究。

NASA计划通过Questt证明X-59研究飞机可以比声音飞行得更快,而不会产生超音速飞机通常会产生的巨大音爆。这种雷鸣般的声音是美国和其他国家政府禁止大多数超音速在陆地上空飞行的原因。

NASA将与选定的社区合作,驾驶X-59来了解人们对它产生的减弱的声音“砰砰”的反应——如果他们听到任何声音的话。NASA将与监管机构分享调查数据,希望他们考虑制定新规则,解除目前限制商用超音速飞机飞越陆地的禁令。

Quesst–速度从未如此安静的任务。

了解更多:新名字,同样伟大的超音速任务

图片来源:Maria Werries/NASA

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