EDWARDS, Calif., May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of the media are invited to a comparative demonstration of the currently louder sonic boom to a quieter, more community-friendly sonic "thump", which NASA looks to achieve through an experimental aircraft for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST).
The May 31 event beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT will be held at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, where manned supersonic flight was first achieved in 1947.
The event will feature supersonic flyovers by a NASA F/A-18 'Hornet' aircraft. The jet will produce a conventional, largely audible sonic boom, followed by another pass, in which it will perform a special dive maneuver, demonstrating a quieter "thump" in place of the boom. The quieter thump is closely similar to what NASA engineers believe supersonic flight may sound like through QueSST.
The disruptive sonic boom is the primary cause for the Federal Aviation Administration's restriction on supersonic flight over land. NASA's efforts in QueSST may open the future to supersonic aviation on a commercial level.
In addition to the supersonic demonstration, NASA will feature presentations from Commercial Supersonic Technology program managers, who will then take part in a Q&A session for invited social media users, and media interviews.
Following the supersonic portion of the event, NASA Armstrong will then showcase current efforts to safely integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System (UAS-NAS). Program managers and engineers will give presentations, and will be available to media attendees for interviews.
Media representatives planning to participate should contact Matt Kamlet in the center's public affairs office at 661-276-2330, or email email@example.com by 4 p.m. on May 24 to provide credential information.
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For background on some of NASA Armstrong's supersonic research, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/1XjPt0S
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