by Matt Kamlet for AFRL News
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2022
NASA's quiet supersonic X-59 now has the engine that will power it in flight. The installation of the F414-GE-100 engine took place at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California, earlier this month, marking a major milestone as the X-59 approaches the completion of its assembly.
The 13-foot-long engine from General Electric Aviation packs 22,000 pounds of propulsion energy and will power the X-59 as it flies at speeds up to Mach 1.4 and altitudes around 55,000 feet.
"The engine installation is the culmination of years of design and planning by the NASA, Lockheed Martin, and General Electric Aviation teams," said Ray Castner, NASA's propulsion performance lead for the X-59. "I am both impressed with and proud of this combined team that's spent the past few months developing the key procedures, which allowed for a smooth installation."
The X-59 team will follow the aircraft's assembly with a series of ground tests and ultimately, first flight in 2023.
NASA's X-59 is the centerpiece of the agency's Quesst mission. The aircraft is designed to reduce the sound of sonic booms, which occur when an aircraft flies at supersonic speeds, to a quiet sonic "thump." This will be demonstrated when NASA flies the X-59 over communities around the U.S. starting in 2025, with the goal of providing the data necessary to open the future to commercial supersonic flight over land, greatly reducing flight times.
Cathay won't return to pre-pandemic capacity until 'end of 2024'
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 14, 2022
Cathay Pacific said Monday it does not expect to return to pre-pandemic levels of travel until the end of 2024, highlighting how long the Hong Kong airline's return to normality could take. Hong Kong imposed some of the world's strictest travel curbs during the coronavirus pandemic and only abandoned compulsory quarantine for all international arrivals in September. The restrictions closed off what was one of Asia's once most connected cities and has hammered travel-reliant businesses including ... read more
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