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Quesst: The Flights

After an initial series of flight tests to prove the quiet supersonic technology works as expected, NASA will fly the X-59 over several U.S. cities to measure public reaction, if any, to the hushed sonic thumps rippling over the population on the ground. Meanwhile, flight tests using other NASA aircraft will continue to provide researchers with more data about sonic booms and quiet supersonic technology.

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Latest News on the Quesst Flights

Stay up-to-date with the latest content from Quesst Flights as we research supersonic flight over land.

NASA Test Piloting Legends Reunite

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Nils Larson, aerospace engineer and test pilot for NASA’s X-59 aircraft, met up with his former student, Artemis II astronaut…

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NASA Creating Tool to Predict Supersonic Jet Noise at Takeoff

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NASA researchers recently conducted a series of flights to record the sound of jet engines with the goal of using…


NASA Marks Continued Progress on X-59

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Assembly of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft is continuing during 2020 and making good progress, despite challenges such as…


NASA Takes Delivery of GE Jet Engine for X-59

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Mark the big one-of-a-kind engine, designed and built just for NASA, as delivered. Nearly 13 feet long, three feet in…


More Pieces of the X-59 are Coming Together

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The wing and cockpit sections of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) are coming together at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works®…

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Quiet Supersonic Flight Over Land – Lowering the Boom

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During the fall of 2019, a trio of free webinars were presented by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and the…


NASA’s Supersonic X-59 QueSST Coming Together at Famed Factory

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In the high desert of California, where some of the most important aircraft in aviation history have been built and…


NASA Interns Compete Against Clock to Develop X-59 Simulation

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Interns from three NASA centers spent their summer competing to develop a laptop flight simulator of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic…


NASA to Announce Quiet Supersonic Research Flights in Galveston

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NASA will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. CDT Tuesday, April 17, to unveil plans to conduct a series…

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