October 31, 2018

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008

NASA Quiet Supersonic Flight Test 

Houston, TX - Council Member Dave Martin is excited to announce  National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) preparations for their upcoming flight campaign to study methodology and technology to collect future quiet supersonic community response data is progressing on schedule. NASA is rapidly approaching their target dates for flight tests to begin.
Quiet Supersonic Flights 2018 Campaign (QSF18) is slated to begin on Monday, November 5 and will feature an F-18 aircraft performing dive maneuvers off the coast of Galveston. This maneuver will create a noise signature that will likely be heard by some in the Galveston community. It has been confirmed by NASA that the sound will not be heard in the Clear Lake/Houston area.  While this campaign is ongoing, NASA will be surveying residents to determine the level of impact this noise signature has on their lives. 

QSF18 will be instrumental in NASA's mission to carry out data-driven research that may one day help lead to supersonic flight over land on a commercial level, drastically reducing flight times and ensuring the nation's standing as a pinnacle in aviation around the globe.
NASA has also been working with the Port of Galveston and the United States Coast Guard to make sure the maritime community, including oil rigs and vessels at sea, are aware of the sonic booms well prior to their ability to be heard.  Members of police and fire departments, 9-1-1 emergency dispatch, beach patrol and other emergency response organizations have all been briefed and are maintaining a high level of situational awareness. Their willingness to work with NASA and provide support to maintain public awareness during QSF18 has been, and will continue to be, principal to our success. 

For residents who would like more information about the flights,  NASA public affairs officers will be easily accessible at the public information center located at Space Center Houston, 1601 East NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas, 77058. The center will be open beginning November 5, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday through Sunday. Information is also available by calling the hotline number at (281) 483-5111.  NASA appreciates your support during the QSF18 mission.