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GE Aviation has delivered two F414-GE-100 turbofans engines to NASA, which will power the NASA’s in-development supersonic test aircraft, the X-59 demonstrator.
The 22,000lb-thrust (98kN) powerplants are now at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Supersonic commercial travel is on the horizon as Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator X-59 on progress.
NASA awarded Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® a $248 million contract in 2018 to design, build and flight test the Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator, an X-plane designed to make supersonic passenger air travel a reality.
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is on the process of building a full-scale experimental aircraft, known as an X-plane, of its preliminary design developed under NASA’s Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) effort.
The X-plane will help NASA establish an acceptable commercial supersonic noise standard to overturn current regulations banning commercial supersonic travel over land.
X-59 will be about 30m (98ft) long, have a 9m wingspan and be capable of cruising at 55,000ft and at Mach 2.4, according to NASA.
NASA intends for X-59 to perform “community flights” over the USA starting in 2023.