NASA has been on for a long time X-59 supersonic aircraft It works and has attractive goals for it. The US space agency wants to reduce the noise produced by the aircraft so that it does not sound like a population explosion when it exceeds the speed of sound over urban areas. Now this NASA supersonic aircraft has successfully passed several important ground tests to get closer to flight.
NASA in Statement The plane has returned to Lockheed Martin’s facility in California after the tests, it said.
NASA X-59 Supersonic Aircraft Ground Tests
In a statement, NASA stated that the purpose of the ground tests was to ensure the aircraft’s resistance to supersonic flight:
“Ground tests were performed to ensure that the X-59 was able to withstand the load and pressure caused by supersonic travel or travel above Mach 1. The aircraft’s fuel system was also calibrated and tested at the Lockheed Martin facility. “When the X-59 returns to California, more ground tests will be conducted to complete the development of the aircraft and to make progress on its first flight.”
Subsequent tests of the X-59
Next steps must be taken before the first flight of the aircraft, one of which is to make independent measurements of NASA and the Japan Space Agency, JAXA from a small-scale model. If all goes well, a date will be announced for the first flight, which will probably be in the coming months and before the end of this year.
In the year 2023 There will be more voice validation flights, followed by social flights in early 2024. Finally, NASA wants to make the results of these flights available to the International Civil Aviation Organization and the Federal Aviation Administration in 2027.
After receiving the results, these organizations must decide on the possibility of using supersonic or supersonic aircraft, which is expected to be decided in the year 2028 To be announced.
NASA is working hard to solve the problem of sound explosion when exceeding the speed of sound and commercialize supersonic flights. These flights can get to your destination faster, although the Corona epidemic has shown that video calling can replace many voyages. So we have to wait and see whether NASA succeeds or not, and if successful, such an idea will be welcomed or billions of dollars of investment will not pay off for the aviation industry.