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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
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Joseph A. “Joe” Walker piloted such aircraft as the X-15. He died during a mission piloting the F-104. Credits: NASA
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June 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

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Industry Weighs in on Green Aviation Tech

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Aviation’s future is bright … green. That was the environmentally promising message delivered during the Green Aviation Technical…
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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…
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