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When we return to supersonic travel is coming closer and closer.
NASA has announced that the first meeting of the supersonic X-plane, the X-59 is in a Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST), has been approved. The act, known as Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D), which was the final hurdle for the QueSST unit, it is cleared to make its maiden flight in 2021.
“With the completion of KDP-D, we see that the project is on schedule, is well planned and will be on the right track. We have everything in place to make this a historical research mission to the people of the air-traveling public,” said Bob Pearce, NASA’s associate administrator for Aeronautics, in a statement.
An illustration of the completed X-59 QueSST landing on a runway. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
NASA IS GETTING READY FOR ITS FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC, EXPERIMENTAL X-PLANE: ‘A GREAT EVENT’
The aircraft was designed and assembled by Lockheed Martin, which has a long, pointed nose, and is built in such a way that the sonic boom noise will be reduced to a “soft explosion,” or may not sound, NASA added. It’s a new aircraft sound at the pass, due to the recording of approximately 75 Skilled Level in decibels, which is much lower than that of a Sonic boom, which is 90.
As an agency of the government, saying that “there is going to be flown up to select U.S. communities, for the generation of the data from the sensors and to the people on the ground, as measured from the point of view of the audience, but also assist in the preparation of a new set of rules for the commercial super-sonic flight. Supersonic passenger flight is prohibited in the country since the beginning of the 1970s, and, as a result of the boom.
The image of the X-59 is in the main assembly come together as a team. Credit: Lockheed Martin
Lockheed said on its website that the X-59 is to be flown to an altitude of 55,000 feet and a velocity of about 940 km, and the “how to make a noise about as loud as a car door closing.”
A NASA TEST AIRCRAFT GENTLY TO BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER
In April 2018, NASA announced for the first time in co-operation with the national museum to see the evolution of the airplane. Compared to the supersonic Concorde was decommissioned in 2003, the X-59-would be able to make it possible for you to fly from New York to London in less than three hours.
The Concorde, which reached a top speed of over 1,350 km / h), and was finally retired after the fiery crash of an Air France Flight 4590, the downturn in the commercial aviation industry following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and at the end of the maintenance on the aircraft.
The NASA tests of the X-planes, and experimental aircraft that can be used to test a variety of different technologies for more than 70 years of age, including the Bell X-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier in flight. In October, it announced that it was to be the test of the first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell.
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Fox News’ Andrew O’reilly contributed to this report.