Who are the people behind the mission?

Many people helped design and build X-59. Here's just a few of them.

Partners Map

Map of the U.S. and a small map of Italy, U.S. showing NASA Glenn in Ohio, TMC Technologies in West Virginia, NASA Johnson in Texas, NASA Ames, Joby, ESAero, Xperimental, Scaled Composites, NASA Armstrong and Electric Power Systems in California. Also Tecnam in Italy.


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Meet the Team

Meet the Team, Top Left to Right: Sean Clarke, Tim Williams, Nick Borer, Dionne Hernandez-Lugo, Matt Redifer.

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Peter Coen

Peter Coen
LBFD Integrated Mission Manager

Bachelor's from The Polytechnic Institute of New York
Master's from George Washington University

"Over the thirty-six years I've worked at NASA. I've watched this methodology evolve from something rigidly tied to mathematics into a project that will be built, and will fly, and is something we've never done before."

Peter Coen

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David Richwine

David Richwine
LBFD Deputy Project Manager for Technology

Bachelor's from University of Virginia
Master's from George Washington University

"I could really make a huge difference here, with the average person travelling in half the time. I think it's neat … I've been in it since the beginning of the concept--before we even knew what it looked like--until now."

David Richwine

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Nils Larson

Nils Larson
X-59 Test Pilot

Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Class 95A, "The Spin Doctors."

"Ever since I decided to become a test pilot, I've been waiting for my X-plane that I get to fly. I'm really excited about X-59, the work it's going to do, the opportunities it's going to open up. It's just a really exciting time to be working for NASA, especially in Aeronautics."

Nils Larsen

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Lori Ozoroski

Lori Ozoroski
LBFD Aerodynamics and Performance Technical Lead

Bachelor's and Master's from Penn State University

"I've never worked a flight project before and this aircraft will reopen the possibilities of supersonic flight. I can't believe we're building this thing!"

Lori Ozoroski

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Walt Silva

Walt Silva
LBFD/X-59 Structures Lead

Bachelor's from Boston University
Master's from The Polytechnic Institute of New York
PhD from College of William and Mary

"I think the coolest thing about this plane is that we're building it. I'm part of something that we're going to build and touch and fly. That's very cool. This airplane will hopefully show that you can decrease the loudness of the boom [and] open up paths for supersonic travel that we've never had."

Walt Silva

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Alexandra Loubeau

Alexandra Loubeau
Acoustics Engineer, Sonic Boom Community Response Technical Lead

Bachelor's from University of Miami
Master's from Penn State
Ph.D. from Penn State

"This project will take all the [sonic boom] research that's been done over so many years and demonstrate it to the public to gather their reaction to the low thump sounds. This research will change aviation in the future. It's challenging, but rewarding."

Alexandra Loubeau