Modeling Rocket Launch Noise for Commercial Spaceports
Authors: Michael Gilbrook, Sumant Mallavaram
As commercial space travel becomes a reality, FAA is reviewing applications for proposed spaceports throughout the U.S. Launch noise/sonic-boom analysis is a core component of NEPA requirements for environmental assessments during application review. With no standard models for space flight launch noise assessments, HDR’s innovative approach created first of its kind, fully GIS-based launch noise model that can be adapted and integrated into the FAA’s geospatial modeling environment.