A one weird-looking plane, NASA’s X-59 QueSST experimental quiet supersonic aircraft will have a cockpit like no other because it will have a big 4K screen where you’d normally have a front window. Last year, a $247M contract with Lockheed Martin signed by NASA for building a quiet supersonic aircraft.
The X-59 is meant to go significantly faster than sound without producing a sonic boom. Atleast to observers on the ground, it should not produce any noise “louder than a car door closing”. It will make it less noisy in comparison to other jets. The craft has to be as aerodynamic as possible in order to achieve these results naturally. The cockpit bump often found in fighter jets will then be excluded. Even the pilot up front with a big window will not be their in the design, because it would likely be far too narrow.
The view out the sides will be lovely, but the view forward would be nothing, its because the section of the cockpit is more like taken out of the plane just over the leading edge of the rather small and exotically shaped wings.
Several displays will be equipped within the plane just to fix that. Some of us might expect just on a modern aircraft. But, a 4K monitor that’s part of what’s called the eXternal Visibility System, or XVS, will be on the top. Combined with high-definition terrain data loaded up ahead of time, it shows imagery stitched together from two cameras on the craft’s exterior. This will help the pilot to navigate safely.
Pilots can be used to it as they spend a lot of time in simulators. And if they need a reality check, the real world is right outside the other windows. Currently, Lockheed and NASA’s plane is in the construction phase. So, there is n doubt that some parts are still in the process of development.
This is the first such experimental, or X-plane, the agency has developed in some 30 years and thus we can consider it an ambitious goal. The flight date of this program is committed in 2012. NASA and Lockheed are making serious efforts to get this technology in action. The aircraft is still being designed and is going through various changes. This could bring back supersonic overland flight in the future, if this program will become successful.