NASA’s X-59 supersonic aircraft cleared for final assembly

NASA’s X-59 supersonic aircraft cleared for final assembly

Dubbed the "son of Concorde" after the Mach 2 airliner, the X-59 Smooth SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) is will cruise at Mach 1.42 (1,090 mph/1,754 km/h) and is designed for supersonic flight whereas fighting its sonic enhance from being heard on the ground.

NASA has announced that its experiemental supersonic X-59 jet has been approved for assembly.

NASA said in a statement: "NASA's first large scale, piloted X-plane in more than three decades is cleared for final assembly and integration of its systems following a major project review by senior managers held Thursday at NASA Headquarters in Washington". The X-59 hopes to change the negative reputation of supersonic aircraft with a design that softens the tree and produces little more than a soft "flop".

NASA's goal was to reduce the sound of a sonic boom and make it rather a sonic "thump". "That data helps regulators to adopt new rules to enable commercial supersonic air traffic over land".

If all goes to plan, the supersonic plane will be ready for its first test flights next year. The key to cushioning the boom is the shape of the LBFD: a long, pointed nose and well-swept wings must ensure that the individual pressure waves created by a plane that exceeds Mach 1 never converge and cause a traditional sonic boom.

NASA will test the X-59 over select USA communities to gather feedback, as it has done with the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft over Galveston, Texas.

Lockheed Martin and Nasa are building the X- 59 at the facility named, Lockheed at the facility named, "Lockheed Skunk Works" in Palmdale, California.

"With the completion of the Key Determination Level-D we've shown the venture is on agenda, it's smartly planned and on intention" talked about Bob Pearce NASA's affiliate administrator for aeronautics.

"We have everything in place to continue this historic research mission for the nation's air-traveling public".

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