When Air Explorers Will Make Us More Sensitive to Noise

On December 7th, I was invited to a special “Air Explorer” meeting at the Smithsonian Institution.

The meeting was to discuss how the Air Force is moving toward using sensors to help us to detect noise from planes. 

The Air Force has already started to deploy a small number of sensors to detect the sounds of planes.

The sensors are equipped with a sensor array and an audio-visual system that will allow the Air Corps to detect aircraft at a distance of up to 100 meters, or 50 feet.

The Air Corps has also tested a small fleet of “air vehicle sensor arrays” in the Army Air Mobility Command, which will be used for detection of aircraft within the range of 200 meters.

I joined the meeting to ask about the challenges and potential advantages of these sensors. 

How do we use them?

The Air Force already has a small collection of air vehicle sensor array sensors, which it has been using to detect planes.

However, we also need to think about the advantages of sensors for detecting noise from aircraft. 

What are the sensors for?

The sensors will be equipped with microphones, microphones with cameras, and cameras with infrared sensors.

The microphones will detect the sound of the aircraft by measuring the sound with a microphone, then comparing it to audio data on the sensor array.

The cameras will be able to capture images of the sound at a range of up 10 meters, and the sensors will have a rangefinder for capturing images of objects and objects moving in the sky. 

Why are we deploying sensors for noise detection?

The sensors have been developed as part of the Army’s ongoing effort to develop sensors that can detect sound from aircraft at ranges of up in the 100 meters.

The Army has also been working with researchers to create sensors that are smaller and lighter, and have better performance in low-light conditions. 

Are there any challenges to these sensors? 


The sensor array array has been designed to be small enough to detect low-level sounds at a very low level, so there are no problems. 

Should we be using these sensors for surveillance purposes?


Sensor arrays are designed to detect signals from objects in the air, and they can be used to identify objects in flight, but the sensors do not detect sounds from aircraft or vehicles. 

Do the sensors detect aircraft?


Is there a way to monitor the sensor arrays?

Yes, there are sensors mounted on the sensors array that can be monitored by the air vehicle. 

Can the sensors be used in conjunction with other sensors?


What happens if a sensor fails?

If a sensor detects an aircraft approaching from above, or if a camera sensor detects a noise detected by a sensor, the sensor will automatically start to count down from a specific time to a point when the aircraft will be visible again. 

Will there be a limit to the number of times the sensors can be deployed?

Yes the sensor could be used as part a larger system to detect other objects, but that would not work in all cases. 

Does the sensor have a built-in sensor array?

The sensor array is designed to include a microphone array, a camera array, and a rangefinding array. 

There are some problems with this arrangement.

For example, it does not allow the sensors to work in low light conditions, which can cause the sensors’ performance to degrade. 

Where is the Air Mobility command?

The Air Mobility Corps is responsible for deploying sensors to the Air Defense Sector.

There are two types of sensors deployed in the Air Materiel Command: an airborne sensor array, called the A-2, which has sensors that detect the noise from airplanes, and an airborne and ground-based sensor array called the F-16. 

These sensors are similar to those found in the sensors in the sensor elements in the F100 sensor array of the F9 and F10 sensor arrays. 

When will these sensors be deployed in US Air Force operations?

In 2018, the Air Mission Command will begin deploying an airborne air vehicle (AV) sensor array to support sensor array deployment at F9.

The AV sensor array will be deployed at F10, F12, and F13. 

In 2020, the F11 and F12 sensor arrays will be launched. 

Who is the controller of these sensor arrays, and how will they work?

The controller of the sensors is the commander of the Air Operations Center, which is responsible with deploying sensors.

He or she will oversee the deployment of the AV sensor arrays and coordinate the deployment, tracking, and operation of the sensor and camera arrays.

Why did the Air Command decide to use sensors for the noise detection from aircraft?

The Army is using sensors for detection from airborne aircraft, and is developing a sensor to detect sounds coming from aircraft and vehicles, called a “radar noise counter” or “radiation noise counter.” 

Is this a good thing?

The answer to this question depends on your definition of “good thing.” What does