Rockwell Collins will work with NASA to develop a conceptual cockpit display that will depict a sonic boom over land under a two-year contract in support of the space agency’s High Speed Project.
The company said Thursday its Advanced Technology Center will collaborate with the Armstrong Flight Research Center for efforts to help pilots of future supersonic civil transport aircraft mitigate a sonic boom’s effect on populated areas.
“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 of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center.
“[We] 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 said it will utilize avionics display technology, human factors research and weather information to determine an optimal flight path for a supersonic aircraft.