Commercial Spaceport Noise and Sonic Boom

Commercial space flight activity is expected to increase substantially in the next few years. Many of those operations, particularly "space tourist" flights, will be from dual use airport-spaceport facilities. Noise and sonic booms will be generated as part of those operations and will require prediction as part of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 150 studies. While the prediction of noise from aircraft operations is well-specified by the use of FAA's Integrated Noise Model (INM), transitioning to the Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), there is currently no standard tool for spacecraft noise and sonic boom modeling. Although some spacecraft activities can be modeled by INM/AEDT, many aspects cannot (e.g., noise from vertical launches, sonic booms). The result is that often proprietary programs, each having unique modeling methods and limited availability, must be used. There is therefore a need to develop a model (or suite of models) for commercial space noise and sonic boom analysis that is compatible with AEDT to allow for potential acceptance as the industry standard. The noise and sonic boom models should be consistent with each other, using the same vehicle and trajectory data inputs, much as AEDT uses common databases for noise and air quality analysis. The objective of this research is to develop a set of noise and sonic boom modeling methods suitable for environmental analysis of commercial space operations at airport/spaceport facilities. The methods must represent best current practice, be compatible with AEDT, and be in a form that can be made readily available to airport industry practitioners.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • 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

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • 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