Interactive Display Provides Pilots with Real-Time Sonic Boom Information

Previously recorded on - Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:00 pm ET

Ed Haering at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center and Ken Plotkin at Wyle have developed a software system capable of displaying the location and intensity of shock waves caused by supersonic aircraft. This technology can be integrated into cockpits or ground-based control rooms to help pilots place any loud booms in a specific location, minimizing their impact in populated areas. The system processes vehicle and flight parameters as well as data regarding current atmospheric conditions. The display provides real-time information regarding sonic boom location and intensity, enabling pilots to make the necessary flight adjustments to control the timing and location of sonic booms. This technology, which will play a key role in enabling supersonic overland flight, can be used on current-generation supersonic aircraft, which generate loud sonic booms, as well as future-generation low-boom aircraft, anticipated to be quiet enough to allow use over populated areas.

During the Webinar, the developers will demonstrate the value of this technology to companies developing supersonic military and commercial aircraft, avionics integrators supporting these aircraft, and the FAA, which will require a system of this kind to approve flight plans, monitor aircraft in flight, and review flight data to enforce regulations.

Laura Fobel, Armstrong’s Technology Transfer Officer, will also highlight opportunities for technology transfer and partnership related to this technology as well as others in the Armstrong Flight Research Center portfolio. Armstrong is involved in a variety of cutting edge research, technology, and engineering efforts, including flight research and technology integration to revolutionize aviation and pioneer aerospace technology. The center is also involved in validating space exploration concepts and conducting airborne remote sensing and science observations. Armstrong has unique facilities and personnel to support activities related to experimental and test bed aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, airborne science platforms, and aircraft testing.


Speaker Bios:

  Laura Fobel, Technology Transfer Officer, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Laura Fobel
is Chief of the Technology Transfer Office at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif. As such, she is responsible for working with the center's technology projects and external partners and managing activities to transfer technologies developed at NASA Armstrong to the private and public sectors in the United States for commercialization.

Fobel also oversees Armstrong’s intellectual property portfolio, including management of new technology disclosures, novelty assessments and patent protection and licensing.

During her more than 20 years at NASA Armstrong, Fobel has held several lead technical and managerial roles, including IT Security Manager and SOFIA Program Systems Engineering and Integration Lead for configuration, data, risk and information management. 
Ed Haering, Aerospace Engineer, NASA ArmstrongFlight Research Center

Edward Andrew Haering, Jr. is an aerospace engineer and technical lead for supersonic aerodynamic research at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. As technical lead, he is responsible for concept formulation, experiment design, prediction, and execution of flight and field measurements, analysis and reporting, as well as innovative techniques.

Since 1987, Haering has been the technical lead for many supersonic projects in the areas of sonic boom research, air data measurement and the use of innovative pilot displays, GPS and ground-based radar in flight research.

Over the past 30 years at Armstrong, Haering has authored or co-authored 50 technical papers. He has received patents on two inventions, a Real-Time Interactive Sonic Boom Display, issued in 2012, and his Stable Algorithm for Estimating Air Data from Flush Surface Pressure Measurements, issued in 2001.


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