Kennedy Space Center (photo credit: NASA Photo / NASA Kennedy)
Kennedy Space Center played host to the second series of Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence flights, or SonicBAT, continuing from 2016’s successful supersonic research flights flown at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The project aimed to collect data in three different conditions, including low turbulence, medium turbulence and significant turbulence, to obtain a stronger understanding of how the variations impact sonic booms. To monitor these conditions, NASA meteorologists will be on-site using anemometers to measure wind speed, a sonic wind profiler to measure wind conditions at low altitude, and a flux sensor to measure changes due to humidity.
NASA flew the F-18 two-to-three times per day, starting Monday, Aug. 21 and concluded early September, focusing on collecting data on a targeted minimum of 33 sonic booms.
Campbell Scientific CO2 Flux System (Photo: tbsys.com)
The Team (photo credit : NASA)
07/21/2019 – NASA.gov – NASA Flights to Produce Sonic Booms at Kennedy Space Center for Supersonic Research/