It is stated that NASA’s X-59 QueSST aircraft, which is planned to go faster than sound, can be completed by the end of 2020.
The construction of NASA’s fast-paced experimental jet, called the X-59 QueSST, is scheduled to end later this year. In short, it is aimed to work very quietly at the same time from the sound called X-59.
Lockheed Martin, where NASA worked together for the construction of the aircraft, announced that it plans to have the aircraft ready at the end of the year. At the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California last year, serious progress was made in the project as the planes’ wings were finished. The development of the innovative system of the aircraft continued.
The first flight in 2021:
Speaking to Space.com, the representative of Lockheed Martin said that after assembling the plane and final assembly, they will rehearse by taking the body of the plane; He said that they would take the plane to the runway in the future. The representative noted that after everything comes together, the plane will make its first flight in 2021. Representative; He stated that the production department works very fast in manufacturing and production.
As a question mark whether an airplane accelerating above the speed of sound will create annoying noises, Lockheed Martin is confident that the production crew will make a fast and very quiet aircraft. The representative argues that all simulation results indicate that a low level sonic burst occurs when the aircraft is hovering above the sound velocity. To guarantee this feature, tests on the relationship between sound velocity and noise will be carried out after the aircraft is completed.
Completing the construction of the aircraft is only the first stage. With the second phase, further tests, certificates and acoustic (sound) verification will be made. In the third phase, there will be reaction tests on how people will react to the low level sonic explosion. According to NASA, in these latest tests, the X-59 aircraft will fly in selected parts of the USA and data on responses to low-level sonic eruptions will be collected.