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Virtual Aircraft Window Image

NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft will eliminate the cockpit’s forward-facing window, replacing it with the eXternal Visibility System (XVS) that uses a 4K monitor that serves as the central window and allows the pilot to safely see traffic in his or her flight path. The XVS displays stitched images from two cameras outside the aircraft combined with terrain data from an advanced computing system.

The XVS is one of several solutions to help ensure the X-59’s design shape reduces a sonic boom to a gentle thump heard by people on the ground. During flight, the XVS uses its processing power with custom image processing software and camera systems to create an augmented reality view of the X-59 pilot’s forward line-of-sight along with graphical flight data overlays.

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