NASA’s X-59 project to develop a modern supersonic silent aircraft is progressing, according tomedia TechCrunch. The agency has now developed and tested the innovative eXternal vision system (XVS), which will replace the traditional transparent windshield and provide x-59 pilots with a space of view during flight. Now, NASA is conducting high-monitoring, frequency jitter testing to ensure it can operate within typical flight conditions.
Last August, the XVS system was installed on the Beechcraft King Air UC-12B, which allowed the team working on the system to show that it could do everything they needed, giving pilots real-time visibility into the field of view in front of them. These tests show that the use and feedback of the pilot, the theory, technology, and implementation of XVS work edgy through the actual test pilots, but they do not indicate that the XVS hardware can withstand the various pressures that may be encountered when loaded into a fully built X-59 in the future.
Apparently, NASA doesn’t want to wait for the first flight of the X-59 to find out if the XVS can handle the flight. That’s why the agency thinks it’s so important to conduct vibration testing like this. Vibration testing exposes VS computers, monitors, and cameras to the various vibrations that can be encountered during a typical flight. Technically, this is a “prequalification” test, which simply means that it should not limit the device. If everything is ready for this vibration test, the next step will be the qualification test, in which the device will indeed be subjecttod to a purposeful failure test.
All of this is a prelude to installing the XVS on the X-59 itself (though temperature and altitude tests will be required before then) and eventually the aircraft will fly. At the time, NASA hoped that the technology it had developed to build the X-59 would usher in a whole new era of commercial air travel , when supersonic aircraft would be able to fly quietly over densely populated areas on a regular basis and meet local environmental requirements.