NASA's latest experimental aircraft, developed using quiet supersonic technology to help open a new era of air travel over land, will forever be known in the history books as the X-59 QueSST.
The US Air Force, which is responsible for issuing X number designations and aircraft names, officially notified NASA of its decision on June 26th.
"For all who are working on this important project, good news and we are excited about the label," said Jaiwon Shin, NASA's aviation technology assistant.
"I am confident that the contributions the X-59 QueSST will make to our nation and the world will secure their place among the largest NASA-X aircraft ever flown," Shin said.
The X-Plates number designation continues a tradition of naming important 1
And while the famous X-1 for Yeager's wife was called the Glamorous Glennis, today's X-59 takes its QueSST nickname from the quiet supersonic technology
The X-59 Quesst made famous by the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Skunk Works plant in Palmdale, California, is constructed so that people on the ground will hear nothing more than a knock – if any.
After the X-59 was fully tested in late 2022 and declared safe to fly within national airspace, it will launch supersonic flights over selected communities to measure residents' responses to noise you might hear.
The science-based data from these floods will be presented to US and international regulators who will use the information to help them develop rules based on noise levels that allow new commercial markets for supersonic flight over land.
Low-Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD)
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Washington (UPI) 26 June 2018
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