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.
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.