NASA's first piloted experimental aircraft in decades will fly faster than the speed of sound over land.
The X-59 will feature innovative technology to reduce loud sonic booms to a quiet thump.
Supersonic X-Plane history
NASA's aeronautics research
Current and future research
X-59 will test the technology to fly faster, quieter, and more efficiently.
The data gathered from the X-59 will pave the way for commercial supersonic flight over land.
Low-Boom Flight Demonstration
Understanding sound waves, sonic booms, and the speed of sound are key to understanding how X-59 will quiet the boom.
The physics of waves
Sound waves and units of measurement
The speed of sound
Quieting the boom
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.
NASA centers & partners
Meet the team
The X-59 isn't ready to fly yet. Here's an overview of important milestones.
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