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Technicians examining the cockpit section of NASA’s X-59 plane.

X-59 Cockpit Begins to Look Like a Cockpit

Technicians at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works factory in Palmdale, California examine the cockpit section of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology research airplane. In this view the camera is looking toward the rear of the aircraft. The yellow-green metal are the wing’s internal structural ribs, while the gray metal in the foreground marks the cockpit’s interior. An ejection seat from a retired NASA T-38 training jet will eventually be installed in the cockpit along with the airplane’s avionics – including the eXternal Vision System. Lockheed Martin is assembling the experimental aircraft for NASA in anticipation of its first flight some time in mid-2022. Designed to produce quiet sonic “thumps” when flying supersonic, the X-59 will be flown over select communities to measure public perception of the sound. Results will be given to regulators to use in determining new rules that could allow commercial faster-than-sound air travel over land. Text Credit: Jim Banke, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin

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