Suggested Searches

X-59 Debuts

The centerpiece of NASA’s Quesst mission to enable a future that includes commercial supersonic air travel over land, the X-59 quiet supersonic technology aircraft made its public debut on Jan. 12, 2024. This special report has all the details and background.

Scroll to Continue

The X-59 transcends its role as a mere aircraft; it stands as a symbol of our collective ambition to redefine the future of supersonic travel.

pam melroy

NASA Deputy Administrator

X-59 Rollout Watch Parties

You didn’t need to be in California to take in the historic spectacle of the X-59’s public debut. Thousands of people around the world tuned in to NASA’s multimedia services to view the ceremony. This included more than 285 locations in 21 countries (see map) where watch parties were hosted by student groups, museums, aviation enthusiasts, and many others.

World Map showing the different locations of the Quesst Rollout Watch Party.

Quesst Mission

Interested in flying to your next destination in half the time? NASA's Quesst mission is leading a government-industry team to collect data that could make commercial supersonic flight over land possible, dramatically reducing air travel time in the United States or anywhere in the world. The centerpiece of the mission is the X-59 aircraft.

Learn More About the Quesst Mission about Quesst Mission
Artist illustration of the X-59 in flight over land against bright blue skies.

Innovative ideas, advanced simulation, and ground and flight testing showed us it was possible to design an aircraft that would produce a soft thump instead of a sonic boom.

robert pearce

NASA's Associate Administrator for Aeronautics

Next Step for the X-59: First Flight

With the rollout ceremony accomplished, the next major milestone for the X-59 and the Quesst mission will be first flight. Targeted for later this year, that historic event will follow a final series of ground tests of the single-seat aircraft, as well as a comprehensive flight readiness review. When those flights do happen, pilot duties will be shared among the trio of flyers seen here: NASA’s Nils Larson (left), Lockheed Martin’s Dan “Dog” Canin, and NASA’s Jim Less.

In this photo, NASA research pilot Nils Larsen, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan “Dog” Canin, and NASA research pilot Jim Less stand in front of the X-59.