American company GE Aviation has developed, collected and transferred to the NASA turbofan engine F414-GE-100, which will be installed on the demonstrator “quiet” supersonic aircraft X-59 QueSST. As writes DefPost, the company will give the developers the plane another such power plant.
F414-GE-100 was developed on the basis of turbofan engine with afterburner F414-GE-400. The latter is installed as standard on twin-engine carrier-based fighter F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. According to a statement by GE, the new powerplant designed specifically for mounting on single-engine aircraft.
In F414-GE-100 was a modified control system, and various systems security. In the algorithm of the latter was considered installation on single engine aircraft. F414-GE-400 has a length of 3.9 meters and 0.9 meters in diameter. The engine is capable of producing thrust to 57.8 kN and to 97.9 kN in afterburner mode.
The QueSST program, which involves development of the plane X-59, provides for the creation of technologies that in future will allow to reduce the noise of supersonic aircraft. This will allow them to perform supersonic flights over populated part of the land, today prohibited by international rules.
Noise X-59 is to be reduced with the help of this glider aerodynamic design by which the surface of the aircraft would be formed as a smaller number of shock waves. While those waves that are still to be formed, should be less intense.
Under the project, a demonstrator of “quiet” supersonic aircraft will be performed single engine. The length of the aircraft will total 28.7 meters. He will get the airframe, the fuselage and wing which resemble an inverted plane. X-59 install a conventional vertical fin and horizontal rudders for maneuvering at low-speed flight.
Earlier it became known that the American company Lockheed Martin is engaged in the development of X-59, until the end of 2020, fully completed the Assembly of the demonstrator . The new aircraft also will be the first test this year, and will make its first flight in 2021-m.