NASA's X-59 Hauled with XL MDE
on Thursday, January 13, 2022
XL Company News
XL Specialized Trailers is excited to share an update from NASA, who recently used an XL MDE to haul their X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft from California to their test facilities in Texas.
NASA's Matt Kamlet explains, "While in Texas, ground testing of the X-59 will be done to ensure the aircraft can withstand the loads and stresses that typically occur during flight. The team will also calibrate and test the fuel systems before the X-59 makes the journey back to California for more tests and completion."
XL Specialized Trailers is proud to be trusted with this innovative, unique technology. The Mechanical Detachable Gooseneck, their trailer of choice, can extend to add extra length for long loads. The main deck then closes back up to haul at standard lengths of 48 or 53 feet.
"The X-59 is designed to reduce the loudness of the sonic boom, which occurs when an aircraft flies faster than the speed of sound, to a gentle, quiet sonic “thump”. The X-plane will demonstrate this in flights over communities around the U.S. starting in 2024, as NASA collects data that could open the future to commercial supersonic flights over land," says NASA.
See the full article here: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/image-feature/x59-ground-testing.html