NASA Will Publicly Test Aircraft With Quiet Supersonic Tech This November

Posted: Jul 3 2018, 8:49am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 3 2018, 11:00am CDT , in Latest Science News


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NASA will Publicly Test Aircraft with Quiet Supersonic Tech This November
NASA research pilot Jim “Clue” Less is putting his flying skills to the test while supporting low-boom flight research. Credits: NASA / Maria Werries
  • NASA to Go Public with Quiet Supersonic Tech in November

NASA is to Hold Trials of its Silent and Faster-than-Sound Technology this Year. NASA will Fly its New Supersonic Passenger Aircraft with a Quiet Sonic Boom over Texas This November

It has become common knowledge by now that NASA will be road-testing its silent and faster-than-sound technology towards the end of this year. The tests will be held in the open air yet there will be no disturbances since such technology ensures pin-drop silence while it is in operation.

These trial runs will occur around the coastal city of Galveston, Texas in November of 2018. As for the airplane, it is an F/A-18 Hornet. The audible sonic noises will take place around the coastal waters while the softer sonic muffled sounds will occur around the land area.

Meanwhile, the X-59 will not be showing its stuff till three years in the future. As for regular flights, they won’t start till 2023. The current tests are merely a small sample of what is to happen in the times which are yet to come.

Short of space travel, flying remains the speediest method of going from here to there and arriving back in one piece. The silent and faster-than-sound technology pioneered by NASA will be built on a contractual basis in synch with the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.

“We’ll never know exactly what everyone heard. We won’t have a noise monitor on their shoulder inside their home. But we’d like to at least have an estimate of the range of noise levels that they actually heard,” said Alexandra Loubeau, NASA’s team lead for sonic boom community response research at Langley.

“The test in the fall will really help us refine how we are going to ask the survey questions, how we are making the noise measurements, and then how we are conducting the data analysis,” Loubeau said.

An initial investment of over $247.5 million was made for the sake of this mission. Most of the test runs consist of dive maneuvers. The coastal town of Galveston will have its residents noting down the magnitude of the sounds. They will lend valuable feedback regarding this project to NASA.

This is indeed a vital part of the whole deal. To make an aircraft be supersonic in its capabilities and silent as well is not an easy task. NASA will have to take some drastic steps to make this sort of silent and faster-than-sound technology a possibility.

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