- While plenty of people want to fly at supersonic speeds, no one
wants other people to fly at supersonic speeds over their homes.
- That’s because aircraft flying faster than the speed of sound create a trail of deafening sounds called a “boom carpet.”
- But companies are pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration (the agency responsible for the ban) to reconsider. The agency has said it can’t without data.
- That’s where NASA comes in. It’s spending two weeks this August in Florida, testing booms created by supersonic flight.
- NASA is also encouraging companies to explore supersonic technology. In 2016, it hired Lockheed Martin to begin designing a new supersonic plane, aiming for sound at the level NASA calls “a quiet sonic thump.” Read more (7/25/17)