The X-59 nose makes its appearance


The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft takes shape at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California. The team positioned the nose of the X-59 QueSST at the front of the aircraft. As one of the most recognizable features of the X-59, the nose is almost a third of the plane’s length and will be critical in shaping shock waves during supersonic flight, resulting in noises silent deaf instead of loud sonic booms. The nose was attached and then removed from the front of the plane in preparation for its shipment to Fort Worth, Texas, where it will undergo further testing. The X-59 will fly at supersonic speeds over communities as part of the Low Arrow Flight Demonstration Mission, during which NASA will collect community feedback to the sound of silent supersonic flight. These results will be shared with regulators to inform decisions on current restrictions on supersonic flight over land.


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