NASA Aeronautics is cleared for takeoff through 2022, and we invite you and your family, friends, and classmates to join us and share exciting aviation events happening this year and beyond using the new Flight Log experience.
These milestones include the first flights of two new X aircraft: the X-57 Maxwell and X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft.
The X-57 Maxwell is NASA’s first all-electric aircraft. It is a general aviation sized aircraft powered by electric motors, demonstrating the new technology of electric aviation. The aircraft will help introduce more sustainable aviation technologies to our skies.
The X-59 QueSST is a single-seat jet designed to create a quieter sonic “hit” at supersonic speeds instead of a louder sonic boom. As part of the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration Mission, it will conduct test flights to gauge public reaction to the lower sound level in hopes of enabling a new era of commercial supersonic travel.
Via the Flight Log, you can be on board the X-57 and X-59 aircraft as they each make their very first flight this year, as well as the support vehicles and fighter jets for them, and even others aircraft working on missions such as Advanced Air Mobility.
When you register for a flight, your name will be scanned and downloaded to a storage device which will be personally carried by the pilot on that flight.
You’ll also receive a printable boarding pass with your name on it, and the flight will be recorded in your logbook, just like real pilots keep track of their flights. You can even earn virtual mission patches to download and display proudly.
“The Flight Log experience is a great way for students, educators and the public to travel with NASA on our many flights and learn more about what we do and flight in general,” said April. Lanotte, head of NASA Aeronautics. for STEM integration.
Although you won’t board in person, the Flight Log provides other ways to learn more about NASA Aeronautics research.
Activities related to aviation and our aeronautical research will be offered to participants, including STEM educators and their students. When you complete one of the activities, you get an endorsement – a stamp in your logbook indicating completion – just like pilots get new ratings and certifications.
Also, in the future, your name could appear on the flights of many different types of aircraft, ranging from drones to research aircraft and even experimental aircraft other than the X-57 and X-59.
“Pilots in training keep flight logs to document their personal flight history. You can also keep track of your own flight history with NASA Aeronautics – a history that we hope will last for years,” Lanotte said.
With these flights slated for the near future, don’t wait to claim your seat. Visit this page to find out how to get your boarding pass, and fly away!
Special Note for Educators: The flight log experience can also be used by entire classrooms, used by educators to teach aviation and inspire students to consider careers in the transforming world of aeronautics .