X-59 Rollout Event

The X-59 supersonic jet is designed and built to reduce the sonic boom to a mere thump. It's the centerpiece of NASA's Quesst mission to provide the FAA with an acceptable noise standard to repeal current regulations that have prohibited supersonic flight over land since 1973. The X-59 is key to advancing aviation and the future of commercial supersonic flight over land.

Learn more about the advanced technology and digital engineering that made the X-59 a reality.

 

X-59 All The Time

Witness the journey of the X-59 from design to rollout through X-59 All The Time!

X-59 All The Time: Skunk Works® Selected

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X-59 All The Time: Digital Transformation Rapidly Advances X-59

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X-59 All The Time: It's COBRA Time

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X-59 All The Time: X-59 Present

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X-59 All The Time: Let's Flex

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X-59 All The Time: Powering The Future

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X-59 All the Time: X-Plane in 60 Seconds

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X-59 All The Time: Final Assembly

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X-59 in the News   ___
Shaping X-59 QueSST
Mar 17, 2020
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Right now the X-59 program team is hard at work, deploying the latest advanced manufacturing technologies to build the experimental airplane.
NASA and Lockheed Martin hope you don’t hear this supersonic jet coming
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NASA said today it has reached a “significant milestone” in a project to create an ultra-quiet supersonic passenger jet. The space agency has completed a preliminary design review of its QueSST aircraft concept and found that it is capable of fulfilling objectives for what NASA calls “Low Boom Flight Demonstration,” which basically means it should be able to fly at supersonic speeds without that noisy sonic boom.
"Son of Concorde" Moves Closer to Reality as NASA Tests Supersonic Prototype
Third Party Article
The Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) design aims to reduce the sonic boom that occurs as these aircraft move faster than the speed of sound, with hopes to bring it down to a soft 'thump' to allow for flights over land. Experts from NASA and Lockheed Martin now say the QueSST design could meet these requirements, and say flight tests could begin as early as 2021.
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