GALVESTON, Texas – NASA monitors how residents near the Texas Gulf Coast react to silent sonic bombs from an experimental…
GALVESTON, Texas – NASA monitors how residents near the Texas Gulf Coast react to silent sonic bombs from an experimental aircraft that can reduce commercial flight times by half.
Houston Chronicle reports that the space agency launched a two week research project on silent supersonic research flights near Galveston on Monday. NASA flies jets in a unique maneuver over the Gulf of Mexico to assess society’s response to the noise.
NASA officials hope that the Galveston test will help perfect supersonic flights, which has been an abuse target for the agency. [1
9659004] Ten years ago, NASA tested Concorde, which was able to cross the Atlantic in just over three hours by traveling twice as fast as the sound. But federal aviation officials banned the aircraft after residents complained about the planet’s sonic boom.
Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com
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