Project Overview

RUMBLE (RegUlation and norM for low sonic Boom LEvels) is a H2020 collaborative project dedicated to the production of the scientific evidence requested by national, European and international regulation authorities to determine the acceptable level of overland sonic booms and the appropriate ways to comply with it.

RUMBLE does not aim at producing a low boom aircraft design but rather the quantified evidence needed to support new regulations.

To this end, RUMBLE associates the leading organizations in supersonic aviation in Europe and Russia, combining scientific excellence, world-class research infrastructures and industrial leadership bearing the heritage from Concorde and Tu-144, with strong involvement in the regulatory bodies.

The main actions of the project are:

  • Development and assessment of sonic boom prediction tools
  • Study of the human response to sonic boom and
  • Validation of the findings using wind-tunnel experiments and actual flight tests

Extensive dissemination and regulatory activities ensure that the European considerations are taken into account in the evolution of the international regulation affecting civilian supersonic flights. RUMBLE also paves the way for a future low boom flying demonstrator.

The RUMBLE project begun in November 2017 and will conclude its activities, having a lifespan of three years, in September 2020. The total budget of the project is approximately 13.2M€, 5M€ of them funded by the European Commission under H2020-MG-2016-2017 topic MG-1-2-2017 “Reducing Aviation Noise” (Grant Agreement number 769896).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769896.

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