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NASA just captured amazing images of 2 jets supersonic shockwaves colliding in the middle of the air

NASA has released some incredible new images of supersonic shockwaves formed from two jets flying next to each other. These are the first aerial images of the phenomenon, and it was possible thanks to a completely new approach developed by the agency to study supersonic flow in real conditions. The pictures are two T-38 planes in supersonic flight, flying 10 meters apart. The images were taken by NASA's B-200 King Air flying 600 meters above the supersonic jets. "We never dreamed it would be so clear, this beautiful" J.T. Heineck, a physical researcher at NASA's Ames Research Center, said in a statement. "I'm ecstatic about how these images turned out. With this upgraded system, we have, on the order of magnitude, improved both the care rate and quality from previous research." NASA The team used an upgraded camera system with a wider viewpoint and increased memory allowing them to capture 1,400 frames per second. They also improved the download capacity, which means that they had more opportunities to download more data per pass. NASA used the previous sledge photography technique to capture shockwaves, but images like this would not have been possible without the upgrades. "We see a level of physical detail here, which I don't think anyone has ever seen before," says Dan Banks, senior research engineer at NASA Armstrong. "I'm just looking at data for the first time, I think things worked better than we thought. This is a very big step." NASA The pictures are not only…

NASA has released some incredible new images of supersonic shockwaves formed from two jets flying next to each other. These are the first aerial images of the phenomenon, and it was possible thanks to a completely new approach developed by the agency to study supersonic flow in real conditions.

The pictures are two T-38 planes in supersonic flight, flying 10 meters apart. The images were taken by NASA’s B-200 King Air flying 600 meters above the supersonic jets.

“We never dreamed it would be so clear, this beautiful” J.T. Heineck, a physical researcher at NASA’s Ames Research Center, said in a statement. “I’m ecstatic about how these images turned out. With this upgraded system, we have, on the order of magnitude, improved both the care rate and quality from previous research.”

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The team used an upgraded camera system with a wider viewpoint and increased memory allowing them to capture 1,400 frames per second. They also improved the download capacity, which means that they had more opportunities to download more data per pass. NASA used the previous sledge photography technique to capture shockwaves, but images like this would not have been possible without the upgrades.

“We see a level of physical detail here, which I don’t think anyone has ever seen before,” says Dan Banks, senior research engineer at NASA Armstrong. “I’m just looking at data for the first time, I think things worked better than we thought. This is a very big step.”

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The pictures are not only breathtaking, they are also full of useful data. Researchers will use them to confirm the design of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology X plane or X-59 QueSST. This experimental vehicle will fly supersonic, but it will not produce the loud sonic boom. Eliminating sonic boom would make it possible to lift current restrictions to fly supersonic over land.

“We are looking at a supersonic flow, which is why we get these shockwaves,” said Neal Smith, a research engineer with AerospaceComputing Inc. at NASA Ames Liquid Mechanics Laboratory. “What is interesting is that if you look at the back of the T-38, you see these shocks interact in a curve. This is because the subsequent T-38 flies in the wake of the leading airplane, so the shocks will be shaped differently. data will really help us deepen our understanding of how these shocks interact. “

NASA seems to stick to its timeframe to build a full-scale version of a quiet supersonic plan over the next few years.

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