100 microphones against the space noise for the NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

Acoustic engineers at work on the NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle

NASA engineers are crazy guys and don’t recognize any limit when working to reach for the stars. Space is the place, another crazy guy said many years ago…

Anyway NASA staff is conducting a series of acoustic tests on some modules of the Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) using about 100 microphones in order to estimate the spacecraft’s capabilities needed for long-duration missions in the deep space.

In the sci-fi labs of the Lockheed Martin’s Reverberant Acoustic Laboratory near Denver (Colorado), technicians and scientists have built an environment in which the spacecraft is subjected to a sound pressure of 150 decibels, in order to verify if it is capable to stand the high level of noise during the launch stage or an emergency abort activity.

After these tests the Orion MPCV vehicle will move to the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton (Va.) where it will undergo a series of other experiments to complete its way to the stars.

Maybe it’s time for NASA to hire a couple of good sound designers…

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Gianpaolo D'Amico is an independent creative technologist for digital media. He is the founder of sounDesign and a music obsessed since he was 0 years old.