The United States space administration Nasa presented a silent supersonic plane developed under the name X-59 in Palmdale, California. The special feature of the machine is its relative silence, as it does not produce a supersonic boom that disturbs residential areas despite flying faster than sound. The plane was developed by American Lockheed Martin and is designed to fly at a speed of about 1,500 kilometers per hour at an altitude of just under 17 kilometers. NASA hopes that the X-59 could enable commercial flights with supersonic planes in the future, as the Concorde, previously known for commercial aviation, flew its last flights in 2003.
The X-59 is only intended as a prototype and is not meant to carry passengers, as it is hoped to pave the way for the development of commercial ultrasonic machines. The Concorde, developed by France and Britain, was able to fly at about 2,200 kilometers per hour at an altitude of about 15 kilometers before its retirement. With the introduction of the X-59, it is hoped that commercial flights with supersonic planes may once again become a reality.