NASA's Aeronautics Achievements in 2023

NASA's Aeronautics Achievements in 2023

NASA, in 2023, has advanced aviation technologies to improve passenger experiences, stimulate U.S. economic growth, and create a future of cleaner, quieter, and safer skies — all while working to support the U.S. goal of reaching net-zero aviation greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

"This year, NASA continued to make the impossible, possible while sharing our story of discovery with the world. … We’re making great strides to make aviation more dependable and sustainable." said Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator.

Under a Funded Space Act Agreement, NASA and Boeing in 2023 began collaborating to build, test, and fly the X-66, a full-scale demonstrator aircraft intended to validate new fuel-efficient designs and green technologies aimed at lowering emissions for future single-aisle airliners. The X-66 represents a key step in helping the United States achieve its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from aviation by 2050.

Assembly of the Quesst mission’s X-59 supersonic aircraft at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works in California was completed during 2023 with the installation of its jet engine, tail, and lower empennage. The aircraft was powered up, tested, and painted in anticipation of its official public debut and planned first flight in 2024.

Quesst is the name of NASA Aeronautics' mission to help take the first step toward enabling commercial, faster-than-sound air travel over land. The centerpiece of the mission is NASA's X-59 research aircraft. The experimental supersonic jet is designed with technology that reduces the loudness of a sonic boom to a gentle thump. NASA will fly the X-59 over select U.S. communities and take surveys to record what people think of the quieter sonic thumps. The human response data will be delivered to U.S. and international regulators, who will consider setting new rules that allow supersonic flight over land.

NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) mission will transform our communities by bringing the movement of people and goods off the ground, on demand, and into the sky. This air transportation system of the future will include low-altitude passenger transport, cargo delivery, and public service capabilities. NASA is delivering data to guide the industry's development of electric air taxis and drones and to assist the Federal Aviation Administration in safely integrating these vehicles into the national airspace. This will set the stage for a flourishing industry by 2030.

Aeronautics Research Contributions from NASA’s Field Centers

Ames Research Center in California

NASA signed agreements with five major U.S. airlines to continue developing decision-making tools designed to identify opportunities for more efficient air traffic management. One of these tools saved more than 24,000 pounds (10,886 kilograms) of jet fuel in 2022 for flights departing from two major international airports. Using this machine-learning tool and others, flight coordinators were able to reduce delays and save fuel.

 Langley Research Center in Virginia

Construction continued in 2023 at Langley on NASA’s new Flight Dynamics Research Facility, which replaces the center’s historic Vertical Spin Tunnel and the 8-foot Wind Tunnel that reside on nearby Langley Air Force Base. The facility, NASA’s first new wind tunnel in 40 years, will give researchers a new vertical wind tunnel to conduct work that supports diverse NASA missions including aeronautics, space exploration, and science.

Glenn Research Center in Cleveland

Glenn in 2023 opened the brand-new Aerospace Communications Facility. The cutting-edge building is host to 25 research laboratories and other advanced facilities doing research and development on advanced radio frequencies and optical communication technologies.

Armstrong Flight Research Center in California

NASA and Boeing teamed up in 2023 to study the use of sustainable aviation fuels – greener alternatives to standard jet fuel used by airplanes – using NASA’s Armstrong-based DC-8 Flying Laboratory and Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator aircraft. The ecoDemonstrator conducted test flights switching between tanks filled either with 100-percent sustainable aviation fuel or a low-sulfur version of conventional jet fuel. NASA’s DC-8 aircraft followed behind, measuring emissions and contrail ice formation created by each type of fuel. Other collaborators for the flight campaign included GE Aerospace, the German Aerospace Center, the Federal Aviation Administration, United Airlines, and many other contributors.

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013