Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition Here’s some real buzz from NASA: they’ve launched a robotic helicopter on Mars. The old Zen koan needs a re-write: "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" Now it’s: "What is the sound of a robot helicopter on
Photo credit: Florian Pircher from Pixabay by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition In a word: no—they can’t hear you because they make too much noise. So a New Zealand company is developing algorithms to cancel the noise drone helicopters make so that their own microphones don’t hear it. Unfortunately, you—we--on the ground
Photo courtesy of Vortex Bladeless by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition If you thought gigantic “farms” of wind turbines and solar-cells were the state of the art in alternative energy, think again. Jillian Ambrose in The Guardian discusses several quieter and more space-efficient alternatives for converting wind energy into electricity. The alternative
Photo credit: frank longwill licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition Last month, we published a notice about the week-long conference hosted by the University of California Davis, the Aviation Noise & Emissions Virtual Symposium 2021. The conference took place from Monday, February 22, through Saturday, February 26th.
by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition How do we get to a cleaner, quieter America? Picture an America where the most egregious sources of pollution, transportation--whether road, air, or rail--run significantly cleaner and quieter. Today, the energy sources that propel the mobility on which we depend are petro-fueled, noisy, and dirty. Ending
Photo credit: William Warby licensed under CC BY 2.0 by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coaliltion So far, nobody outside Australia--where they’ve been tested and found to be very annoying--seems much concerned about noise from drone deliveries. But this video shows you drones that can be up to 8 feet wide, have 8
The photo has been dedicated to the public domain by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition In 2015, Les Blomberg, director the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse, joined a dozen other thought leaders to found The Quiet Coalition. Blomberg's dedication and his organization’s incredible archives have kept noise pollution alive through the long dark period
Image courtesy of Airbus by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition One hundred and twenty years ago, two Ohio bicycle makers, the Wright Brothers, founded the aircraft industry by developing the world’s first motorized airplane. Now the technology leadership of that industry is lifting off for the EU, where the multi-national EADS (Airbus)
Photo credit: William Lopez from Pexels by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition If you can’t stand noisy aircraft and are completely fed up with Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen air transportation modernization, the agency has announced a public comment period "on the scope and applicability of research initiatives to address aircraft noise" in
With Pete Buttigieg poised to replace Elaine Chao at the Department of Transportation, David Sykes believes now is the time to advocate for federal action on noise.