NASA conducts quiet sonic boom tests near Texas Gulf Coast

  • In this April 17, 2018 photo, a NASA image of a F/A-18 performing a Sonic Boom over Edwards Air Force Base in California, is shown on a TV screen in Galveston, Texas. NASA has begun a series of supersonic research flights off the Texas Gulf Coast near Galveston to test how the community responds to noise from a new experimental aircraft. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

GALVESTON, Texas — NASA is monitoring how residents living near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms as the space agency works on an experimental aircraft that could significantly reduce commercial flight times.