The administrative review, known as Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D), it was the last programmatic obstacle for the X-59 QueSST aircraft (Quiet Supersonic Transport) before officials meet again at the end of 2020 to approve the first flight of the plane in 2021.
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The X-59 will test its supersonic technologies flying over US territories. The spacecraft is designed so that when people fly on land, they only hear a silent and silent noise, if they hear anything.
The scientifically valid data collected during these community overflights will be presented to US and international regulators, which will use the information to create rules based on noise levels that will allow new commercial markets for supersonic flights.
Meanwhile, the construction of the X-59, under a contract of 247.5 million dollars plus incentive cost, continues in the Skunk Works factory of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Palmdale, California.
Three main work areas are actively established to build the main fuselage, the wing and the harness of the plane. For its part, the final assembly and integration of the aircraft systems, including an innovative cabin external visibility system, It is planned for the end of 2020.
The development and construction management of the X-59 QueSST is part of the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator project, which is part of the NASA Integrated Aviation Systems Program.
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