X-plane preliminary tests Quiet Supersonic Technology

X-plane preliminary tests Quiet Supersonic Technology

September 25, 2017

X-plane preliminary tests Quiet Supersonic Technology

X-plane preliminary design model tests Quiet Supersonic Technology, inside the 14- by- 22 foot subsonic tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center.

Samantha O’Flaherty, Test Engineer for Jacobs Technology Inc., finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) Preliminary Design Model.



Over the next several weeks, engineers will conduct aerodynamic tests on the 15% scale model and the data collected from the wind tunnel test will be used to predict how the vehicle will perform and fly in low-speed flight.

The QueSST Preliminary Design is the initial design stage of NASA’s planned Low-Boom Flight Demonstration experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.  This future X-plane is one of a series of X-planes envisioned in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, which aims to reduce fuel use, emissions and noise through innovations in aircraft design that depart from the conventional tube-and-wing aircraft shape.

Image credit NASA/Chris Giersch

By | 2017-09-25T10:09:22+00:00 Sep 25, 2017|Categories: Aviation|Tags: , |

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