Rockwell Collins has been awarded a two-year contract by NASA to develop a conceptual cockpit display that will provide a visual representation of sonic boom over the Earth’s surface to mitigate impact on populated areas. NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center will lead the research, working with Rockwell Collins’ Advanced Technology Center.
Rockwell Collins’ findings will be applied in NASA’s High Speed Project , which is aimed at providing the research and leadership to enable the development of a new generation of supersonic civil transport aircraft.
“In order for supersonic travel over land to happen, pilots will need an intuitive display interface that tells them where the aircraft’s sonic boom is occurring,” said John Borghese, vice president, Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. “Our team of experts will investigate how best to show this to pilots in the cockpit and develop guidance to most effectively modify the aircraft’s flight path to avoid populated areas or prevent sonic booms.”
Rockwell Collins will leverage its proven avionics display technologies and advanced human factors research team to develop the sonic boom cockpit display, incorporating a number of variables such as the aircraft’s movement relative to the ground and the influence of weather on shock waves. Both ground-based and aircraft-measured weather information will be explored and integrated into the sonic boom display’s software to compute best flight path.
Source: Rockwell Collins
Date: May 14, 2015