This information was originally disclosed by the local news media Houston Public Media, which reported that NASA's plan is not about testing the technology itself, but about how noise is perceived by people on the ground. Before testing, NASA will select 500 people who will listen to noise and later provide information to NASA.
The test will be conducted in November for several days; during this time, NASA will also install noise sensors in the area to collect noise-level raw data. The residents' responses to the survey will be compared with the noise levels detected by the noise sensors. This combination will eventually help NASA develop future technologies without causing interference to nearby residents.
Lockheed Martin is working with NASA to develop quiet supersonic technology that aims to address sonic booms.Lockheed Martin's website explains that its skunk factory was selected to design, manufacture and eventually test the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator prototype.The prototype will be used to "collect community response data on the acceptability of quiet sound waves generated by the technology."
NASA plans to set an acceptable standard for supersonic noise, paving the way for eliminating previous supersonic aircraft regulations. Once the technology is authorized for use on land, new types of air travel can be realized, reducing the time needed to reach the destination.