NASA Gets Ready for Its New Supersonic Jet’s First Flight

In an effort to usher in a new era of ultrafast aircraft, the American space agency NASA is getting ready to test a brand-new supersonic aircraft. The new aircraft, designated X-59, was developed in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, an American defense contractor. The experimental aircraft is a component of the Quesst mission, a NASA project. The mission’s goal is to gather information about the amount of noise caused by supersonic flight in the United States. A vehicle that exceeds the speed of sound, or around 1,235 km/h, is referred to as supersonic.


The information that Quesst collects may influence American regulators to modify the laws that presently forbid supersonic travel over land. According to NASA, the X-59 was created to minimize the sonic boom that is produced when it breaks through the sound barrier to a level that is barely audible from the ground. For the first time since 2003, a few US corporations are looking into ways to bring back supersonic passenger flight. That was the year the Concorde went out of service. The first passenger jet to travel at supersonic speed was the Concorde. It was run by France and Britain together.


According to British Airways, the Concorde traveled at speeds greater than double the speed of sound. This implied that it could reach New York from London in roughly three and a half hours. On a typical passenger plane, the same voyage would take almost eight hours. Compared to the Concorde, the new supersonic aircraft in development produce less noise and consume less fuel. However, airports and environmental organizations are putting pressure on manufacturers to adhere to the same noise and carbon emission standards as conventional aircraft. The X-59 aircraft was just unveiled by NASA and Lockheed Martin during a Palmdale, California, ceremony.

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