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NASA’s X-59 Quiet Supersonic Research Aircraft Cleared for Final Assembly

December 17, 2019

NASA’s first large scale, piloted X-plane in more than three decades is cleared for final assembly and integration…
FSU researchers develop thin heat shield for superfast aircraft

November 13, 2019

The world of aerospace increasingly relies on carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites to build the structures of satellites,…
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…
New Argonne Lab computational model to accelerate engine development for next-generation hypersonic flight

May 30, 2019

Argonne’s new numerical modeling tool helps researchers better understand a powerful engine that could one day propel the…
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…
At 3,836 mph, which way does the air flow?

March 14, 2019

If you’ve ever been to an air show, or lived near an air force base, you’re familiar with…
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…
Going with the hypersonic flow

April 24, 2018

“Unless you’re trying to get to space or blow something up, there’s nothing moving at hypersonic speeds,” said…
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…
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…
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…
Low-cost Supersonic Commercial Airliner

April 21, 2017

Boom aims to build a new generation of supersonic passenger planes and has made a step forward by quadrupling…
NASA Test Flights to Examine Technology for Improved Efficiency on Supersonic Aircraft

March 8, 2017

NASA is set to begin a series of supersonic flights that will examine efforts to improve the efficiency…
NASA Wind Tunnel Tests Lockheed Martin’s X-Plane Design for a Quieter Supersonic Jet

February 27, 2017

Supersonic passenger airplanes are another step closer to reality as NASA and Lockheed Martin began the first high-speed…
NASA’s Improved Supersonic Cockpit Display Shows Precise Locations of Sonic Booms

December 10, 2016

NASA pilots flying supersonic aircraft now have a display that tells them exactly where sonic booms are hitting…
NASA Test Flights Examine Effect of Atmospheric Turbulence on Sonic Booms

August 26, 2016

NASA has concluded a series of flights designed to study the way sonic booms travel through the atmosphere.…
NASA Moves to Begin Historic New Era of X-Plane Research

April 24, 2016

History is about to repeat itself. There have been periods of time during the past seven decades –…
Photographic Shockwave Research Reaches New Heights with BOSCO Flights

April 15, 2016

NASA’s goal of developing a quiet supersonic aircraft is another step closer following a pair of successful first…
New Probe Could Improve Sonic Boom Investigation

March 12, 2016

An air data probe intended to improve investigation of sonic booms is flying on the F-15B aircraft at…
NASA Begins Work to Build a Quieter Supersonic Passenger Jet

March 1, 2016

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA’s award of a…
Researchers Gauge Sonic Boom Noise Annoyance

November 25, 2015

  Researchers at NASA Langley are learning more about how noises produced by supersonic flight affect people on…
Stark Beauty of Supersonic Shock Waves

August 27, 2015

Using a massive update to a 150-year-old German photography technique, NASA and the United States Air Force recently…
Schlieren Images Reveal Supersonic Shock Waves

August 26, 2015

NASA researchers in California are using a modern version of a 150-year-old German photography technique to capture images…
NASA Invests in Future of Aviation with Supersonic Research Projects

June 4, 2015

Quieter, greener supersonic travel is the focus of eight studies selected by NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project to…
NASA Aeronautics Makes Strides to Bring Back Supersonic Passenger Travel

June 18, 2014

The return of supersonic passenger travel may be coming closer to reality thanks to NASA’s efforts to define…
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