Starting Monday, NASA will begin testing quiet supersonic flights over the Gulf of Mexico, according to an Oct. 31 press release from the office of Dave Martin, Houston City Council District E member.
While it has been confirmed Bay Area residents will not hear the sonic booms, the tests are related to the Houston Spaceport, which will eventually be the home of domestic and international commercial supersonic flights that will deliver flyers to domestic and international destinations in a fraction of the time it takes now.
During the Quiet Supersonic Flights 2018 Campaign starting Nov. 5, an F-18 jet will take off from Ellington Airport, fly over the Gulf of Mexico and reach supersonic speed to test NASA’s ability to create a “quiet sonic boom” that will eventually make supersonic flight over land legal.
NASA will survey residents near the coast to determine the affect the noise has on their lives, according to the release.
NASA has been working with the Port of Galveston and the United States Coast Guard to make sure oil rigs, sea vessels, beach patrols, police and fire departments, and others are aware for the incoming sonic booms. Those who want more information can visit Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Sunday or call 281-483-5111.
Houston City Council last month approved spending $18.8 million on infrastructure for the first phase of the Houston Spaceport’s development.