NASA plans to break the sound barrier once more to advance air travel.
NASA’s pioneers in aeronautics are ready to break the sound barrier once more, but this time in a completely different way that might one day allow all of us to fly at speeds comparable to or faster than any of the X-1 pilots.
The X-59, the core element of NASA’s Quesst program, will enable land-based, for-profit supersonic travel. NASA to break the sound barrier to advance air travel.
The result of all of their effort is what we’re doing right now. At NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, said Catherine Bahm.
NASA hopes to show through Quesst that the X-59 can fly faster than sound. May without producing the generally audible sonic booms that led to the 1973 moratorium on supersonic flying over land. Their answers will be given to authorities, who will then think about drafting new regulations to lift the ban, according to NASA. And when that happens it will signal another historic milestone in aviation. Possibly ushering in a new era in which airline passengers might board a supersonic plane at breakfast time in Los Angeles.
When the Bell X-1 rocket plane flew faster than the speed of sound, a sonic boom thundered for the first time over the high desert of California seventy-five years ago. According to Peter Coen, NASA’s Quesst mission integration manager, “I think we’re ready to break the sound barrier again with the X-59 flying on the mission.”