SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Tuesday afternoon and is expected to create a sonic boom.
Florida Today reports that the Falcon 9 rocket flight is scheduled to take off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral’s Space Force Station in Florida on Tuesday in 58 minutes, opening at 2:56 p.m. (ET) after liftoff. The rocket’s stere will report that “Separated from the second stage of the payload” and “turn over”
When it began to land in the nearby Landing Zone 1. The sonic boom may roar overhead as the rocket approaches the velocity barrier of sound during deceleration to the landing site. Pressure waves from the expanding and contracting air tend to create shockwaves that sound like thunder to anyone nearby.
“It is possible that residents of Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Indian River, Seminole, Volusia, Polk, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties may hear at least one sonic boom during landing,”; SpaceX said in a statement. Warning on Monday “But what residents get will depend on weather and other conditions.”
NASA says the rapid release of pressure after the formation of air molecules produces the rumble that people hear as the sonic boom. The space agency compares the ripples of air interacting with rockets to those of ships passing through water. This produces a small wave that can be transformed into a larger single wave if the ship sails through the water before the wave is blown away from that point of impact.
Falcon 9 is expected to generate three sonic booms during landing. Although the audience near the landing platform could not hear the three events. This is because there is a slight delay before the sound reaches their location. Additionally, the intensity of the sonic boom decreases with the distance traveled by the shock wave.
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