NASA has unveiled an experimental supersonic aircraft that is faster than the speed of sound but is quieter than conventional fighter jets.
By SEBASTIAN KETTLEY
PUBLISHED: 10:25, Fri, Oct 11, 2019 | UPDATED: 17:40, Fri, Oct 11, 2019
The NASA aircraft makes use of Quiet SuperSonic Technology or QueSST for short. The revolutionary technology allows NASA’s X-59 to quietly punch through the sound barrier. Fighter jets breaching the speed of sound at 767mph (1,234kph) create an “alarming” sonic boom. But NASA has claimed the X-59 does not make the characteristic sound. Instead, NASA said the aircraft will produce a “quiet thump”. The successful application of QueSST could allow future jet fighters to…