Commercial Space Operations Noise and Sonic Boom Measurements

A number of airports and other facilities wish to support the growing demand for commercial space operations and therefore are seeking launch site operator licenses from the FAA. As these facilities are developed, environmental analysis will need to be conducted, including quantifying the noise and sonic booms from space operations. ACRP Project 02-66, "Commercial Space Operations Noise and Sonic Boom Modeling and Analysis," is developing a noise model compatible with the FAA’s Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT), yet there is no robust dataset that could be used in this model or other community noise tools. Research therefore is needed to design and conduct a noise measurement campaign of space operations to build a high-fidelity dataset, which could be used to enhance modeling accuracy and validate community noise tools. The objectives of this research are to: (1) develop a community noise measurement protocol for commercial space operations noise and sonic booms, (2) conduct a measurement campaign of actual space operations, and (3) compile a database of space operations noise and sonic booms that will serve as model source characteristics for the purpose of facilitating community noise model development and validation.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $599898
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-81

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Blue Ridge Research and Consulting

    Asheville, North Carolina  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    James, Michael

  • Start Date: 20170801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20191231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40989

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01606908
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-81
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2016 1:01AM