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

October 10, 2019

In the high desert of California, where some of the most important aircraft in aviation history have been…
NASA Takes Delivery of First All-Electric Experimental Aircraft

October 4, 2019

The first all-electric configuration of NASA’s X-57 Maxwell now is at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in…
XSEDE Stampede2, ECSS Helps Simulate Shock Turbulence Interactions

August 16, 2019

This may come as a shock, if you’re moving fast enough. The shock being shock waves. A balloon’s…
The Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket on its journey to the Moon in 1969. Credits: NASA
Math Invented for Moon Landing Helps Your Flight Arrive on Time

July 19, 2019

They say the computers on board the Apollo spacecraft were not even as powerful as your smartphone. So,…
‘Concept to Reality’: NASA Marks Milestones in Development of Electric X-57

June 21, 2019

X-57 project has marked two critical milestones, taking two major steps toward demonstrating the benefits of electric propulsion…
Origami-inspired materials could soften the blow for reusable spacecraft

May 27, 2019

Space vehicles like SpaceX’s Falcon 9 are designed to be reusable. But this means that, like Olympic gymnasts hoping for…
High-speed experiments improve hypersonic flight predictions

May 7, 2019

Sandia aerospace engineer’s work on unsteady pressure fields aids design and modeling. When traveling at five times the…
NASA is With You When You Fly, Even on Mars

March 13, 2019

According to the 1958 law that established NASA, where the first “A” in NASA stands for aeronautics, the…
The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology X-plane, or QueSST, will test its quiet supersonic technologies by flying over communities in the United States. X-59 is designed so that when flying supersonic, people on the ground will hear nothing more than a quiet sonic thump – if anything at all. The scientifically valid data gathered from these community overflights will be presented to U.S. and international regulators, who will use the information to help them come up with rules based on noise levels that enable new commercial markets for supersonic flight over land. Credits: NASA Image
NASA Captures First Air-to-Air Images of Supersonic Shockwave Interaction in Flight

March 6, 2019

“We never dreamt that it would be this clear, this beautiful.” Physical Scientist J.T. Heineck of NASA’s Ames…
NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology Project Passes Major Milestone

November 20, 2018

NASA has officially committed to a development timeline that will lead to the first flight of its X-59 Quiet…
Daniel Richardson, left, a mechanical engineer in Sandia National Laboratories’ diagnostic sciences, and Yibin Zhang, a postdoctoral fellow, observe a laser that records measurements in the hypersonic wind tunnel. (Photo by Randy Montoya)
Wind tunnel and lasers provide hypersonic proving ground at Sandia National Laboratories

November 9, 2018

It’s about speed, and Sandia National Laboratories, with a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology, is…
NASA Technologies Significantly Reduce Aircraft Noise

June 27, 2018

A series of NASA flight tests has successfully demonstrated technologies that achieve a significant reduction in the noise…
Parachute Testing Lands Partners Closer to Crewed Flight Tests

March 31, 2018

Crew safety is paramount in the return of human spaceflight launches from Florida’s Space Coast, and the latest…
NASA Armstrong Successfully Flies a New Subscale Aircraft

February 27, 2018

The Subscale Research Lab at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California recently introduced a new addition to…
NASA Flights Advance Celestial Schlieren Imagery for Supersonic Aircraft

December 16, 2017

When NASA’s next X-plane takes to the skies, it will produce some pretty cool images. Thanks to the…
Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms

November 28, 2017

ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of…
NASA, Boeing Testing Synthetic Vision Technologies

November 2, 2017

NASA and Boeing are working together under a new Space Act Agreement to improve flight training and aviation…
Highly Flexible Wings Tested

October 21, 2017

The subscale X-56A is scheduled for a series of research flights in November to prove enabling technology for…
NASA Technology May Reduce Airframe Noise During Landing

October 19, 2017

NASA has concluded a flight test series to investigate technologies that may significantly reduce airframe noise for communities…
70 Years of Supersonic Flight: NASA Continues To Break Barriers

October 13, 2017

NASA’s Quiet SuperSonic Technology Preliminary Design, or QueSST, has brought the agency ever closer to making the Low-Boom…
Metal with Memory: Shaping the Future of Aviation

October 4, 2017

While aeronautics researchers across the globe continue to develop technologies that will make air travel more efficient, more…
Air Traffic “Win-Win” Wins NASA Software of the Year

September 2, 2017

When planes get caught in traffic, the congestion doesn’t bring them to a halt. Pilots have to keep…
Engineer looks to owl wings for bio-inspired ideas for quieter aircraft, wind turbines

August 14, 2017

Anupam Sharma pulled an accordion folder from the bookshelf above his Iowa State University desk. Inside was the…
New Supersonic Technology Designed to Reduce Sonic Booms

August 3, 2017

Residents along Florida’s Space Coast will soon hear a familiar sound — sonic booms. But instead of announcing…
NASA Flights to Produce Sonic Booms at Kennedy Space Center for Supersonic Research

July 22, 2017

NASA’s research to advance supersonic flight will take wing over the launch site for the agency’s storied space…
NASA Completes Milestone Toward Quieter Supersonic X-Plane

June 27, 2017

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a…
DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane

May 30, 2017

Agency partners with Boeing to build and fly an experimental vehicle for aircraft-like access to space DARPA has…
Test site for ESA backed airbreathing engine

May 6, 2017

4 May 2017 Work began today on building the UK’s latest rocket engine test facility, designed for firing…
NASA Issues a Challenge to Speed Up Its Supercomputer Code

May 3, 2017

Do you, or someone you know, know how to program computers? NASA has a challenging assignment for you.…
Satellite service boosting special flight operations

April 19, 2017

Thanks to ESA, aircraft are using satcoms to share realtime information with other aircraft and ground stations to…
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