A presentation by Simon Waddell and Roalt Aalmoes, followed by an opportunity for Q&A and informal chat.
Friday 29 October 2021, 1230 – 1330
There have been a number of recent planning applications for spaceports in Scotland in recent years, the first of which is expected to be operational before the end of the year. Simon Waddell, Principal Consultant at ITPEnergised and Roalt Aalmoes, Senior R&D Engineer at Netherlands Aerospace Centre: NLR will be speaking at this event organised by the Institute of Acoustics Scottish Branch to discuss the specifics involved in the perception and assessment of noise associated with spaceports.
ITPEnergised has recently undertaken the EIA for the proposed SaxaVord Spaceport on Unst in Shetland and also a planning application for a rocket engine testing facility in Midlothian for Skyrora. These assessments considered noise sources with substantially different characteristics to those we would encounter in a ‘typical’ environmental noise assessment, which required novel approaches to the characterisation and evaluation of noise impacts. During the webinar, Simon will talk about these noise assessments and the methods ITPEnergised used in the assessment process.
The Royal NLR has developed the Virtual Community Noise Simulator (VCNS), a facility to perform research and demonstrate the impact of noise sources for communities nearby. The facility has been used before to develop quieter aircraft procedures and demonstrate the noise impact of new generations of aircraft or drones. But has also been used in relation to other potential noise sources such as wind farms and railroad traffic. It is also a unique way to explain and experience actual noise impact to local communities, compared to traditional means such as reporting (differences in) decibel levels and noise impact maps. In this talk, Roalt Aalmoes will give you an insight into this technology, and shares his experience in approaching communities confronted with a change in their soundscape.
For more information and to register for this free one hour presentation please click here.