Innovators at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center experiment with new wing designs that open up new possibilities for flight. These improvements allow for maximum aircraft performance, increased safety, and lower fuel costs. In 2022, NASA will test the X-59 QueSST – an experimental aircraft that can break the sound barrier, while lowering the noise associated with a sonic boom.
The Low-boom Flight Demonstration mission has two goals: 1) design and build a piloted, large-scale supersonic X-plane with technology that reduces the loudness of a sonic boom to that of a gentle thump; and 2) fly the X-plane over select U.S. communities to gather data on human responses to the low-boom flights and deliver that data set to U.S. and international regulators, addressing the existing limitations of faster-than-sound air travel.
Construct your model aircraft and learn to track its trajectory the same way your students will.