NASA gathers data in support of future quieter supersonic aircraft
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NASA is continuing with a series of research tests to support the potential for future quieter supersonic aircraft. The loud sonic boom will sound like a soft thump, or distant thunder. NASA's SonicBAT II (Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence) team recently flew a series of flights at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to better understand sonic booms and the effects they have on the atmosphere. This is part of a series of tests to gather data that is used to validate tools and models that will be used to help develop future aircraft with quiet supersonic capabilities.
Every aircraft traveling supersonic, which is faster than Mach 1, generates a continuous shock wave that creates a carpet of sonic booms. That carpet can be 50 miles wide. Listeners on the ground hear the double sonic boom as the shock wave passes over. Haering discussed the sonic boom heard when a Falcon 9 touches down at Landing Zone 1, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, along with the sonic booms heard from the F-18 flights in the SonicBAT II test. Read more here.
To learn more:
- Spotlight Archive
- NASA gathers data in support of future quieter supersonic aircraft
- Spotlight: NASA Begins Work to Build a Quieter Supersonic Passenger Jet
- Noise and Community Affairs Committee within Florida Airports Council
- Spotlight: Port of Portland
- FAA Awards $40 Million to New Center of Excellence For Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment
- Waveforms and Sonic Boom Perception and Response (WSPR)
- Venue: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), HQ