NASA's X-59 will fly faster than the speed of sound...quietly.
The X-59 will feature innovative technology to reduce loud sonic booms to a quiet thump.
X-59 will demonstrate technology to fly faster than sound as NASA gathers community feedback data.
The data gathered from the X-59 may open the future to commercial supersonic flight over land.
Understanding sound waves, sonic booms, and the speed of sound are key to understanding how the X-59 will quiet the boom.
Sound waves and units of measurement
NASA scientists use a lot of technology to explore the science of sound and discover the ways to reduce aircraft noise.
Engineers incorporated several innovative design features into the X-59 to make it quieter and help the pilot control the plane while in flight.
Many people helped design and build X-59. Here's just a few of them.
The X-59 isn't ready to fly yet. Here's an overview of important milestones.