NASA’s experimental X-59 supersonic jet could be built by the end of 2020

An illustration of the X-59 supersonic plane landing on a runway. (Image credit: Lockheed Martin)

NASA’s new experimental supersonic X-plane is on a fast track to flying.

The plane, officially named X-59 QueSST in 2018 and often referred to as just X-59, was greenlit for final assembly during a critical design review in 2019. With this plane, NASA aims to create an ultraquiet craft that can travel over land faster than the speed of sound.

In 2020, Lockheed Martin, which NASA commissioned to build the plane, plans to mate the aircraft and completely finish the building process by the end of the year, a company  representative told Space.com. “It’s moving very fast on the shop floor in terms of manufacturing and production,” the company said. 

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