Sonic Boom and the X-59 11 January 2021 1200 - 1300


John M. Morgenstern
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Sriram K. Rallabhandi
NASA Langley Research Center


Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract to manufacture the X-59, a NASA experimental demonstrator aircraft designed to mitigate the adverse impact of sonic boom through advanced aircraft shaping methodologies. Initial flights and envelope expansion of the X-59 is expected to begin within the next couple of years, followed by community tests at multiple locations. This discussion highlights the vision for commercial supersonic flight, sonic boom assessments of the X-59 and details of the low-boom flight demonstration mission.