Examine the forces that act on an airplane, the pilot controls, and the design process engineers use to develop airplanes that manage these conditions. Videos, images and diagrams explain the forces of flight and the motions an airplane experiences in flight.
Experience the engineering design process as an aerospace engineer assigned to design and test an airplane. Determine which wing and engine configuration is best suited to each mission. Find airworthy, low-cost, and fuel-efficient designs.
A benefit of NASA’s quiet supersonic research is to change noise regulations so that you and I could someday fly at supersonic speeds over land, reaching our destination in half the time. Watch this video to learn more about how sound travels and how the design of the X-59 takes into account the principles of sound.