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Waveforms and Sonic Boom Perception and Response (WSPR)

The Waveforms and Sonic boom Perception and Response, or WSPR, project, gathered data from a select group of volunteer Edwards Air Force Base residents on their individual attitudes toward sonic booms produced by NASA F-18 aircraft in supersonic flight over Edwards. The NASA flights were flown with a maneuver that resulted in lower level boom noise than is typical of traditional supersonic flight. WSPR's purpose is to develop data collection methods and test protocols for future public perception studies in communities that do not usually experience sonic booms. This NASA sponsored effort is one of a series of projects that are being supported by both NASA and FAA on the perception of low boom noise from supersonic flight and its impact on communities.

Dryden's partners in the WSPR effort include NASA's Langley Research Center, Wyle Laboratories, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Pennsylvania State University, Tetra Tech and Fidell Associates Inc.. The cooperation of Edwards Air Force Base personnel was crucial to the study's success.

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