Abstract by Logan Mathews
Physics and Astronomy
Comparative Analysis of Three Falcon 9 Launches
This study investigates the noise from three separate Falcon 9 vehicle launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, as measured within the community of Lompoc, CA. Although one focus of these tests was to test a variety of acoustical and weather instrumentation systems and configurations, the launches also provides an opportunity to study and compare the launch noise measured under potentially different weather conditions. An analysis of the levels and spectra is shown for different time periods. The prevalence of acoustic shocks is examined in the context of environmental conditions and recording locations.