For decades now, supersonic flights over the United States have been banned because of the ear-splitting booms that accompany a jet breaking the sound barrier.
But now, in pursuit of a quieter sonic boom, NASA is launching a series of tests.
Live Science reports that this fall, a supersonic military jet will zip over the Gulf of Mexico, where it will release the traditional thunderclap.
Then it will zoom over nearby Galveston and do similar maneuvers, but producing what they hope will be quieter booms
The report said the tests will use the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to determine “how much sonic noise people of the ground deem acceptable.”
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