NASA has tested the visualization system of an aircraft designed to demonstrate supersonic flight for commercial aviation, Techcrunch reported Thursday. The X-59 plane’s eXternal Visibility System or XVS underwent tests with a Beechcraft King Air test aircraft to demonstrate detection functions.
XVS features a camera-display system that uses augmented reality to provide pilots with situational awareness. Test pilots said the X-59 aircraft’s design would allow for continued operations even if XVS stops functioning. Lockheed Martin is working to produce X-59 for NASA and have the supersonic aircraft ready for flight by 2021.