X-59: NASA’s quest to build a “silent” supersonic aircraft

PALMDALE, Calif., – If you’ve heard a sonic boom lately, you probably remember it. The loud explosion-like noise — caused by an airplane flying faster than the speed of sound — can be startling and even crack windows, reports Jacopo Prisco for CNN. Continue reading the original article.

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July 27, 2022 – The X-59 is designed to reduce the volume of a sonic boom hitting the ground to that of a slight thump, if heard. It will fly over select US communities to generate data from sensors and people on the ground to gauge public perception. This data will help regulators establish new rules to allow commercial supersonic air travel on land.

Construction of the X-59, under a $247.5 million cost-plus contract, continues at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s Skunk Works plant in Palmdale, California.

NASA is working closely with Lockheed Martin to create a large database of computational fluid dynamics simulations to verify the supersonic performance of the aircraft. The database includes simulations for all possible combinations of parameters a pilot uses to control the aircraft and the flight conditions that may be encountered. This database is crucial for providing data to a flight planning tool that is used to help and teach pilots how to fly the X-59, even before it flies.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Smart Aerospace