See NASA and Lockheed Martin Supersonic Silent Aircraft Prototype

In a new Lockheed Martin video, X-59 Aircraft Lead Engineer Michael Buonanno stated,

that the X-59 successfully passed two important tests. Namely, design verification and testing of the fuel system. The test showed that the aircraft "handled" and the system accurately measures fuel consumption.

Also body elements of the experimental modelreturned after strength testing from the Lockheed Martin test site in Fort Worth, Texas, to the company's assembly site in Palmdale, California. The aircraft is now preparing for its first flight tests.

Tony Delagarza, Team Leaddevelopment of the X-59, emphasized the role of aeroelastic modeling in providing the required "quiet" levels of the aircraft. Even 20-30 years ago it would have been impossible to build it, the expert noted. The noise from the supersonic X-59 aircraft will be similar to "the sound of a car door slamming." By comparison, the amount of decibels from Concorde's supersonic boom can "break windows," the video notes.

Unpacking the fuselage after returning the aircraft to the assembly shop. Image Source: NASA/Lauren Hughes

If all goes according to plan, the X-59 will fly for the first timealready at the end of this year. Further acoustic test flights are planned for next year. After that, "NASA plans to hand over public flight results to the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Federal Aviation Administration in 2027," according to a recent report from the space agency.

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