NASA's experimental supersonic X-plane project has a new name: the X-59 QueSST.
Since NASA F/A-18 begins to ascend again, allowing Clue to set off for another dive, and revolves down about 32,000 feet, something interesting with the supersonic shockwaves emanating from the plane for this maneuver. Diving at the speed of sound, the jets will produce two types of sonic booms that'll help NASA determine their sound profile at the ground level.
From November, the United States space agency will use supersonic F/A-18 Hornet jets over Galveston to mimic the sonic profile of the X-59 while a group of around 500 residents document the noise levels.
Shockwave focuses directly on the plane under a very strong, focused pair of Sonic Boom.
The shining star to this entire thing is supposed to be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' X-59 "QueSST", which is created to produce sonic thumps rather than the booming sounds other jet fighters usually give out.
"With the X-59 you're still going to have multiple shockwaves because of the wings on the aircraft that create lift and the volume of the plane". Ed Hearing, an aerospace engineer over at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, explained how carefully mastered this jet is. The tests around Galveston and "the resulting community response data will enable federal and worldwide rule makers to write new regulations that allow supersonic flight over land, and thus open a whole new market for commercial supersonic air travel", says NASA.
"Instead of getting a loud boom-boom, you're going to get at least two quiet thump-thump sounds, if you even hear them at all", Haering said.
Using F / A-18 and aiming to keep quiet sonic thump in a specific area, plan to organize a series of data alongside Armstrong, Langley Research Center and Johnson Space Center in Texas as well as industry partners. Well, the "X-59" part is a nod back to American X-plane history, which kicked off with the world's first supersonic plane, the Bell X-1, famously piloted by Chuck Yeager in 1947 when it broke the speed of sound.
The space agency's next target seems to be supersonic air travel. They are being fronted with funds by Japan Airlines, who issued the company $10 million for their supersonic endeavor.