NASA to test ‘quiet’ supersonic flights over Texas

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The tests around Galveston and "the resulting community response data will enable federal and global rule makers to write new regulations that allow supersonic flight over land, and thus open a whole new market for commercial supersonic air travel", says NASA.

NASA's mission to create a quiet supersonic aircraft that could revolutionize air travel has moved a step closer with plans for tests over Texas. NASA announced that it will publicly present this technology near the coastal resort city of Galveston so that the prototype will be scarcely audible when tearing through the sound barrier. So, the Galveston test flights can be considered as more of a glimpse on the future of air travel.

NASA will be conducting supersonic jet noise tests over Galveston, Texas, which will test the public's perception of the noise generated by supersonic flights.

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By performing dives at the speed of sound, the jets will produce two types of sonic boom in order to truly determine the sound they produce on the ground. "We won't have a noise monitor on their shoulder inside their home", Alexandra Loubeau, NASA's team lead for sonic boom community response research at Langley, Virginia, said in a statement.

NASA recently awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company a United States dollars 247.5 million contract to build a faster-than-sound X-plane - official designated X-59 "QueSST" - that will demonstrate quiet supersonic technologies in straight and level flight over a large area.

"With the X-59, you're still going to have multiple shockwaves because of the wings on the aircraft that create lift and the volume of the plane", Ed Haering, a NASA aerospace engineer at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, said in the statement. Formerly known as the X-Plane or "Low-Flight Flight Demonstrator" this jet is now being called X-59 QueSST. This will help establish a new testing process for the X-59 when it gets built.

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But these new regulations may still be years away. Clues again to keep the sky back to the F/A-18 makes rolls where it relates and does the screw through Mac 1.

Moreover, volunteer feedback on the F/A-18 flight tests will help scientists develop better survey questions, noise measurements and data analysis for the QueSST's eventual test flights, NASA said. You can hear a double boom at 43 seconds and a thump at 2:34.

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