Ever wonder what NASA’s quiet supersonic technology sounds like? Well, if you’re living in the right part of Texas, your wish has been granted. The administration is planning to conduct a series test flights in the coming November. The tests will be held by the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft around the coaster city of Galveston. The aircraft will dive from almost 50,000 feet and go briefly supersonic before leveling off at about 30,000 feet. NASA called it “sonic thumps,” which should sound more like a car door slamming.
There will be audio sensors to provide absolute readings of the sound during the test. however, at least 500 volunteers will provide feedback on what they hear. However, Ed Haering, a NASA aerospace engineer at Armstrong said that you might barely hear anything at all.
It’s expected that the tests will fix the sonic boom levels that people find acceptable. While the NASA’s X-59 supersonic jet team is still constructing the aircraft, the tests will help them verify their noise level theories. However, you won’t be seeing the X-59 to fly anytime soon. The test flight of X-59 isn’t expected to start before 2021, and there will be no community overflight before 2023. So, the Galveston test flights can be considered as more of a glimpse on the future of air travel.