X-59: the next supersonic ‘Concorde’?

May 20, 2022
As luck would have it, travel snobs like me who haven’t experienced the joys of sound barrier-breaking commercial flight may yet be able to take heart, Christian Orr writes for 19FortyFive.com.

WASHINGTON - The Next Concorde? The X-59 As a certifiable “Bon Vivant” who likes to travel in style (always opting to upgrade from Cattle Class, er, Economy Class to 1st, Business, or at the very least Premium Economy [when and where available] whenever I can afford to do so), it saddens me to know that the famous Aérospatiale/British Airways Corporation (BAC) Concorde supersonic transport (SST) is long defunct, Christian Orr writes for 19FortyFive.comContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

20 May 2022 - With no X-59 flight data – yet – computer simulation is the next best thing to build confidence in the predictions for its supersonic performance. Teams at Ames and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, worked together to ensure that multiple software codes would make similar predictions about how loud the X-59 will be in different environments.

For example, they know the boom's loudness changes based on the cloud cover and humidity of the areas below a flight path, and can give the pilot information in the cockpit that can help guide the aircraft to areas where the boom may be quieter. Computational fluid dynamics simulations also create visualizations of the X-59 aircraft concept and help researchers determine which features of the aircraft generate shockwaves that contribute to the sonic thump sound below the aircraft.

NASA is working closely with Lockheed Martin to create a large database of computational fluid dynamics simulations to verify the aircraft’s supersonic performance. The database includes simulations for all possible combinations of settings that a pilot uses to control the aircraft and the flight conditions that may be encountered. This database is crucial for supplying data for a flight-planning tool that is being used to assist and teach pilots how to fly the X-59, before it even flies.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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