Abstract by Daniel Novakovich
Physics and Astronomy
Quiet Sonic Boom Measurement Methods and Analysis
Commercial supersonic flight is currently banned in the United States due to the excessive noise produced during flight. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working toward legalizing supersonic flight. In November 2018 tests were conducted in Galveston, Texas under NASA's QSF18 project. This project aimed to explore community responses to shaped sonic booms in order to work towards creating a standard for sonic boom levels that would be generally acceptable to the public. Measurements were taken at multiple locations using various microphones and configurations meant to mimic commonly used setups in the acoustics community such as SBUDAS and SPIKE configurations. The different data collection methods are discussed, analyzed, and compared to COUGAR, a system developed specifically for this these types of outdoor measurements.