NASA’s X-59 sits in support framing while undergoing the installation of its lower empennage, or tail section, at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California, in this image from late March 2023.

Once complete, the X-59 aircraft—the centerpiece of NASA’s Quesst mission—is designed to demonstrate the ability to fly supersonic while reducing the loud sonic boom to a quiet sonic thump. The Quesst mission will then fly the X-59 over several 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.

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin


X-59飞机是NASA Quesst任务的核心,一旦完工,它将展示超音速飞行的能力,同时将巨大的音爆减少为安静的音爆。随后,Quesst任务将驾驶X-59飞越美国多个社区,收集人类对超音速飞行期间产生的声音的反应数据,并将数据集提交给美国和国际监管机构。

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