NASA Unveils X-59 Supersonic Aircraft, 10 things to Know about X-59

NASA and Lockheed Martin officially introduced the X-59, an experimental aircraft designed to gather data for new generation air planes.

The X-59 is central to NASA's Quesst mission, which focus to make supersonic flight over land quieter and potentially lift regulations against it.

The X-59 can fly at 1.4 times the speed of sound (925 mph) with a quieter "sonic thump" due to its design and technologies.

It is operated by a single pilot while this 99.7 foot long and 29.5 foot wide aircraft is powered by single jet engine.

NASA will share data and technology from the X-59 with regulators and industry to open new commercial markets for US companies and benefit travelers.

The X-59 will undergo integrated systems testing, engine runs, taxi testing, and its first flight later this year.

NASA will fly the X-59 over US cities to collect public perception data on the sound it generates.

The X-59's unique shape, including a thin, tapered nose, helps break up shockwaves that create sonic booms.

The cockpit sits behind the nose and uses an eXternal Vision System of high-resolution cameras instead of a forward-facing window.

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