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Expect More Sonic Booms on the Space Coast in August

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Palm RealtyNASA has announced that they will begin doing research on the Space Coast regarding Sonic Booms. The research called Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence, or SonicBAT  is intended to lead to a better understanding of how low altitude atmospheric turbulence affects sonic booms in humid climates such as we have here in Brevard County.

Beginning August 21 and continuing for 10 days, NASA will fly the F/A-18 Hornet out of The Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility flying to an altitude of 32,000 feet. From there the Hornet will accelerate to Mach 1, the speed of sound, to produce sonic booms. At the same time as this is happening, a glider equipped with dozens of microphones will fly at a lower altitude and record the sonic booms for review by researchers. The goal is to produce 33 sonic booms on which to gather data. In the course of 10 days, that will mean 2 - 3 sonic booms per day. Due to the location of the test flights, residents of Brevard County will most probably hear distance rumbles similar to thunder. But certainly enough to make my puppy girl Molly run for cover!

The end goal of this research is to find out if it is possible to reduce noise from supersonic flight over the United States and therefore possibly updating today's technology in the commercial sector. So don't be alarmed come the end of August, it is all for the sake of science!

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Posted By: Kerry Klun - 321-626-5868

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Good to get this information out there so people know what they are hearing in advance.  I love watching these fast jets as they cut through the sky.

Jul 28, 2017 08:36 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kerry. I think your post is important. Knowing when and why matters.

Jul 28, 2017 09:24 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

As a kid I remember hearing these often in the MInnesota skies.

Jul 28, 2017 02:23 PM