Monday, 27 January, 2020

NASA approves final assembly for Lockheed’s quiet, supersonic X-plane

NASA's next-gen supersonic plane just got one step closer to reality This wild NASA X-plane is actually going to be built
Terrell Bush | 21 December, 2019, 00:29

NASA has cleared an experimental supersonic plane created to reduce, or maybe even eliminate, sonic booms, for final assembly, opening the door for super-fast commercial travel over land. This jet could pave the way forward for commercial supersonic air travel. However, the X-59 may have solved the issue.

The plane will be the first large scale, piloted X-plane that Nasa has launched in more than 30 years when it is finally put together.

The plane is shaped to reduce the sound of a sonic boom reaching the ground to that of "a gentle thump", and it may not even be heard at all. According to NASA's website, the X-59 will be flown over U.S. communities to generate data from both sensors and people on the ground. The first test flights for the craft could take place as soon as 2021.

The "Quiet" Supersonic Jet, the mighty X-59 is ready for the final assembly. If successful, the craft could one day travel from London to NY in just over three hours, while transcending objections to supersonic air travel over land.

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The X-59 has just undergone a management review, known as Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D), which was considered by NASA to be "the last programmatic hurdle for the X-5". When the long, slender jet transitions to supersonic speed, it will make about as much noise a auto door closing, and since it will be flying 940 miles per hour at 55,000 feet, that could be essentially inaudible.

Bob Pearce, NASA's associate administrator for Aeronautics, has talked about the aircraft by saying, "With the completion of KDP-D we've shown the project is on schedule, it's well planned and on track". Supersonic passenger flights have been banned over land since the early 1970s because of the boom.

Aircraft's construction is continuing at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company's Skunk Works factory in Palmdale, California under a $247.5 million contract.

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