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We'll Get to See NASA's Sonic Boom-Less Supersonic Plane Next Week


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NASA’s supersonic experimental plane—the linchpin of the agency’s Quesst mission—is set to roll out of its warehouse in the California desert next week. We’re gassed for the big moment: the X-59 has been in development for six years, and, if successful, it will demonstrate supersonic flight without sonic booms.

The 99-foot-long (30-meter) plane is just 14 feet (4.27 meters) tall, making it look needle-like from the side. The single-engine jet will have a cruise altitude of 55,000 feet (16,764 meters) and will be capable of speeds up to 925 mph (1,489 kmph), or Mach 1.4. But here’s the kicker: The plane will only create a perceived sound of 75 PLdB, or about as loud as a car door closing, according to Lockheed Martin, whose Skunk Works team collaborated with NASA to develop the experimental aircraft.

Very cool (y)

Let's hope it doesn't stick in the ground like one. :cool:
Uncontrolled flight into terrain followed immediately by rapid deconstruction allowing the drivers to experience, massive blunt trauma, followed by immediate dismemberment and incineration.
E ticket Ride, no extra Charge 👍🏻


Boom’s XB-1 Supersonic Test Jet Takes To The Skies

Boom Supersonic's XB-1 demonstrator took flight for the first time. XB-1, also referred to as the "Baby Boom," constitutes a one-third-scale technology demonstrator of the larger 55-seat supersonic airliner design known as Overture, with which Boom is hoping to shake up both commercial and military aviation.
The inaugural flight took place at the Mojave Air & Space Port, California. A video was released by Boom, showing XB-1 during takeoff as well as flying above the desert landscape. That same airspace over “Test Flight Valley” has hosted many historic first flights in the past — including Bell's X-1, the North American X-15, and the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.
According to Boom, XB-1 "met all of its test objectives" during its first flight." The aircraft was flown by Chief Test Pilot Bill "Doc" Shoemaker, who said the following of today's events. "Everyone on the XB-1 team should be incredibly proud of this achievement. It has been a privilege to share this journey with so many dedicated and talented professionals. The experience we have gained in reaching this milestone will be invaluable to Boom’s revival of supersonic travel."