NASA Invites Media to Observe Quiet Supersonic Flight Series Operations

NASA is inviting journalists to learn about the agency's Quiet Supersonic Flights 2018 campaign during a media day event taking place Friday, Nov. 9, in the Houston area.

Test pilots and project leads will be available for interviews and to share information about the flight series, known as QSF18, and its contributions to NASA aeronautics research. Media also will get a close-up look at flight operations with NASA's F/A-18 research aircraft as they are used to test community response over Galveston, Texas, using a "quiet thump" technique designed to reduce loud sonic booms typically associated with supersonic flight.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CST at Ellington Field, just north of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, then moves to Galveston, where QSF18 field team members operating microphone stations will measure sound levels. Reporters will have an opportunity to observe the field equipment and interview personnel during periods between quiet thumps.

Media planning to attend must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-482-5111 before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The event is weather dependent. Should inclement weather occur, please contact the Johnson newsroom for more information.

The QSF18 campaign is a cooperative effort involving NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, Johnson, and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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