NASA will later this week undertake the agency’s Quiet Supersonic Flights (QSF) campaign for 2018 in the Houston area.
The QSF18 campaign is a cooperative effort involving NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
NASA’s F/A-18 research aircraft will be used to test the noise levels community response over Galveston, Texas, using a “quiet thump” technique designed to reduce loud sonic booms typically associated with supersonic flight.
The QSF18 testing involves NASA team members operating 20 audio sensors set up around Galveston to measure acoustic exposure. There will be up to three weeks of flights during November 2018, with one to eight ‘thumps’ (sonic booms) each day to measure acoustic exposure.