Interactive Display Provides Pilots with Real-Time Sonic Boom Information


Ed Haering at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center and Ken Plotkin at Wyle have developed a software system capable of displaying the location and intensity of shock waves caused by supersonic aircraft. This technology can be integrated into cockpits or ground-based control rooms to help pilots place any loud booms in a specific location, minimizing their impact in populated areas. The system processes vehicle and flight parameters as well as data regarding current atmospheric conditions. The display provides real-time information regarding sonic boom location and intensity, enabling pilots to make the necessary flight adjustments to control the timing and location of sonic booms. This technology, which will play a key role in enabling supersonic overland flight, can be used on current-generation supersonic aircraft, which generate loud sonic booms, as well as future-generation low-boom aircraft, anticipated to be quiet enough to allow use over populated areas.

During the Webinar, the developers will demonstrate the value of this technology to companies developing supersonic military and commercial aircraft, avionics integrators supporting these aircraft, and the FAA, which will require a system of this kind to approve flight plans, monitor aircraft in flight, and review flight data to enforce regulations.

Laura Fobel, Armstrong’s Technology Transfer Officer, will also highlight opportunities for technology transfer and partnership related to this technology as well as others in the Armstrong Flight Research Center portfolio. Armstrong is involved in a variety of cutting edge research, technology, and engineering efforts, including flight research and technology integration to revolutionize aviation and pioneer aerospace technology. The center is also involved in validating space exploration concepts and conducting airborne remote sensing and science observations. Armstrong has unique facilities and personnel to support activities related to experimental and test bed aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, airborne science platforms, and aircraft testing.


Laura Fobel
Technology Transfer Officer
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Ed Haering
Aerospace Engineer
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

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