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NASA/Lockheed Martin X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST)

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Major remaining parts delivered (look at that nose!):

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New milestone with wing skin pannels sealed:

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The stereoscopic projector mount is not the least interesting in the picture (notice the slaved dual camera set also)...
 

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Definitely, yes. (great pic- you can see the projected graphics cuts by the operator harm).
 

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NASA had to determine a target noise level before NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft could be designed to reduce a loud sonic boom to a quiet thump. To do this, NASA used traditional research aircraft to perform a low-boom dive maneuver, as seen here from the cockpit of a NASA F/A-18.

Traditional research aircraft typically produce a disruptive sonic boom when flying supersonic, or faster than sound, but NASA’s low-boom dive maneuver produces a sonic thump, similar to what we envision the X-59 will sound like. This dive reduces the strength of the shockwaves produced and perceived intensity of those shockwaves, making it much quieter for people on the ground.

The low-boom dive is a key tool in NASA’s supersonic research and the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration mission.

View: https://www.facebook.com/nasaarmstrong/videos/293072715583724/
 

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Those low sonic-boom designs are supremely ugly. Marcel Dassault must spin in his grave...
 

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