Pet Parent Warning: Multiple Sonic Booms Expected in August

Starting August 21 and continuing for nearly two weeks and two-to-three times per day, NASA will be conducting a series of Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence flights, or SonicBAT, that could startle or upset your pets.

This post is not meant to cause alarm, but spread awareness.

The F-18’s flightpath is positioned in efforts to keep the strongest-sounding sonic booms away from residential areas, while still producing sonic booms over Kennedy Space Center, where the sonic boom sound will be collected by microphone arrays on the ground. While sonic booms will be more audible on the beaches north of KSC, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will hear “muted,” or quieter, sonic booms. Areas including Port Canaveral, Cocoa, Port St. John, Titusville, Mims, and Scottsmoor are likely to hear a sound closer to the rumble of distant thunder, though people may hear an occasional “muted” sonic boom.

Learn more about the upcoming flight series:

Areas that will be affected include Cape CanaveralPort CanaveralCocoaPort St JohnTitusvilleMims, and Scottsmoor.


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