How is the X-59 designed to quiet the boom?

Engineers incorporated several innovative design features into the X-59 to make it quieter
and help the pilot control the plane while in flight.
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This kind of "swept-back" wing reduces the air drag on the plane as it flies really fast through the air.

The X-59 will be propelled by a single, high-thrust engine that also is used in fighter jets. The engine will be placed on top of the X-59 so its noise will be directed away from people on the ground.

The X-59 will be 29.5 meters (99.7 feet) long
and 9 meters (29.5 feet) wide.
Artist concept showing the QueSST vehicle and a basketball stadium.

Because the nose is so long and skinny, the pilots won't be able to see much outside without help. NASA's eXternal Vision System (XVS) will ensure safe navigation. XVS uses a combination of sensors, computers, and HD displays to replace the forward facing window in standard aircraft.
Artist concept inside the QueSST vehicle.

The X-59's unique shape—also known as its outer mold line—is designed to spread out supersonic shockwaves in a way that prevents the typically loud sonic booms heard on the ground. Instead, all people will hear is a quiet "sonic thump"—if they hear anything at all.