Commercial Space Operations Noise and Sonic Boom Modeling and Analysis

The objectives of this research are to (1) develop a set of noise and sonic boom model(s) suitable for environmental analysis of commercial space operations and airport/space launch site facilities that are compatible with, or can be integrated into the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT); (2) develop a database of existing rocket/engine/motor data for commercial space launch operations; and (3) describe the approval process for the noise and sonic boom evaluations from airport/space launch operations. The model(s) need to (1) be applicable to vertical and horizontal launches; (2) distinguish between noise and sonic booms; and (3) should consider the following factors at a minimum: atmospheric conditions, flight paths, vehicle type, launch platform configuration, and the number of operations. The database should be updatable and include the following parameters at a minimum: thrust, nozzle exit velocity, nozzle exit diameter, number of nozzles, directivity index, angle of max sound, sound pressure levels, type of vehicle, and type of propulsion systems. For sonic booms, the parameters should include vehicle design and operational parameters and other relevant obtainable data. Status: The software for modeling rocket noise and sonic booms, PCBOOM and Rumble, can be downloaded from the same page that the ACRP Research Report 183: User's Guide for Noise Modeling of Commercial Space Operations---Rumble and PCBoom can be found. In addition, the contractor's final report on the methodology and development of the tools can be found as ACRP Web-Only Document 33: Commercial Space Operations Noise and Sonic Boom Modeling and Analysis.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-66

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Performing Organizations:

    Wyle Laboratories

    El Segundo, CA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Bradley, Kevin

  • Start Date: 20150729
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170529
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170529
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37577

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  • Accession Number: 01543415
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-66
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 14 2014 1:01AM