In December 2019 NASA showed us for the first time the particular design of the X-59, your next supersonic plane. This aircraft stands out for the use of an extremely long nose and specifically designed to make it quieter. Now, a year and a half later, we can see the plane almost assembled completely.

Nowadays no commercial supersonic passenger jets. We only have some ideas, renders or promises, but nothing has come true and flying regular routes. And it is that, even if they become reality, they will not be able to fly in much of the Earth. This is due to the strong regulations that prohibit the extreme noise that they cause when breaking the sound barrier. NASA’s X-59 wants to change that.

NASA recently published a video timelapse in which they show what are lAdvances with the X-59 prototype. As we can see, the plane is close to being fully assembled. Operations are being conducted in California, a job being carried out by Lockheed Martin at the company’s Skunk Works base.

As you can see in the video, the plane has the entire fuselage complete and assembled. It is the basic structure of the plane and from which everything else is added. According to NASA, now it is time to add the wings, the tail and the nose of nothing more and nothing less than 9 meters long.

The purpose of the supersonic X-59

The plane too is known as QueSST, short for Quiet SuperSonic Technology. And the whole purpose behind this supersonic plane, according to NASA, is to find quieter technologies when flying at speeds that exceed the sound barrier. The experimental supersonic aircraft X-59 is the most likely so far.

When a supersonic plane exceeds the speed of sound it is when it breaks the sound barrier. At that speed the sound it produces is enormously loud, so they have been banned from flying near communities for decades of people and settlements.

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If everything goes fine, the first flight tests will be carried out in 2022 with the aim of reaching more than 1,000 kilometers per hour. By 2023, they will test the plane and measure the sound it produces on the proving ground of the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. They say they will install more than 175 sensors on the ground to measure the sound. Finally, in 2024 they hope to conduct the first flight tests over communities of people in the United States and see the response they receive from this.

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The goal of all this is find a design and technologies needed to make supersonic aircraft quieter. Everything in the X-59 has been designed with this purpose in mind and perhaps in the future other supersonic will take these ideas to be equal or quieter.

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