NASA and Lockheed Martin publicly unveil the X-59 quiet supersonic research aircraft at a ceremony in Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California. The X-59 is the centerpiece of NASA’s Quesst mission, which seeks to solve one of the major barriers to supersonic flight over land, currently banned in the United States, by making sonic booms quieter.
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A climactic curtain drop reveals the newly painted red, white, and blue X-59 aircraft during its rollout ceremony on Jan. 12, 2024, at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California – a major milestone before its first flight.

A long-standing aviation tradition, rollout ceremonies celebrate years of technical achievements. In the case of the X-59, not only does it celebrate groundbreaking technical work, but it honors the brilliant minds behind the research, development, and construction that went into a one-of-a-kind supersonic research aircraft.

The X-59 is a research tool in NASA’s Quesst mission designed to prove quiet supersonic flight is possible. Through Quesst, NASA will fly the aircraft over select U.S. communities, working with them to collect data. NASA will provide that data to regulators so they may consider writing new sound-based rules that would amend the current ban on commercial supersonic flight over land.

Next up, the X-59 team will conduct a series of integrated ground tests, including engine runs and taxi tests, to prepare for the aircraft’s first flight.

Image Credit: NASA/Steve Freeman

Text Credit: Sasha Ellis

NASA和洛克希德·马丁公司在加利福尼亚州帕姆代尔的洛克希德·马丁公司臭鼬工厂举行的首次展出仪式上公开展示了X-59安静的超音速研究飞机。X-59是NASA Quesst任务的核心,该任务旨在通过使音爆更安静来解决目前在美国被禁止的陆地超音速飞行的主要障碍之一。
NASA/Steve Freeman



X-59是NASA Quesst任务中的一个研究工具,旨在证明安静的超音速飞行是可能的。通过Quesst,NASA将在选定的美国社区上空飞行,与他们一起收集数据。NASA将向监管机构提供这些数据,以便他们考虑制定新的基于声音的规则,以修改目前对陆地商业超音速飞行的禁令。


图片来源: NASA/Steve Freeman

文字来源: Sasha Ellis