October 28 - 30, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Pre-Conference Focus Day

8:30 am - 9:15 am Registration & Refreshments

Mr. Jess Sponable, Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager at Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

Mr. Jess Sponable

Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager
Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

8:00 am - 9:00 am Developing the Necessary Components to Integrate a Hypersonic Weapon in Operational Environments

While there are still many technical challenges to making hypersonic weapons an operational reality, the biggest step that the government must take is integrating the existing technologies into operational weapons. In this session we will cover how partnerships are being created to achieve this mission.
  • Breaking Down the Various Models for Integration and Procurement that Will Address this Challenge
  • Detailing the Challenges Around Integration in Hypersonic Environments
  • Partnering Across the Various Facets of the Community

10:30 am - 11:30 am Creating DoD and Academic Partnerships to Align Research Discoveries

Academic institutions are one of the most important knowledge resources when it comes to the physics of hypersonic flight. The work being done across the United States in laboratories and classrooms represents a wealth of resources, talent, knowledge and infrastructure that is waiting to be tapped.
  • Cultivating the Required Partnerships to Properly Share Research
  • Utilizing the Existing Research and Testing Infrastructures to Expedite Delivery
  • Harnessing the Power of the Talented Individuals Housed in America’s Universities
Dr. Phillip Ligrani, Eminent Scholar, Propulsion at University of Alabama-Huntsville

Dr. Phillip Ligrani

Eminent Scholar, Propulsion
University of Alabama-Huntsville

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Coffee & Networking Break

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Small Companies for a New Technological Frontier: Collaborating with Start-Ups to Win the Global Hypersonic Race

Space-based start ups represent a unique opportunity for the DoD to accelerate the capabilities of hypersonic weapons. With many top young engineers joining these emerging companies, there is a unique opportunity to for all functions of the hypersonic weapons value chain to create meaningful partnerships.
  • Understanding the Key Role that Start-Up Space Disrupters can Play
  • Exploring the Opportunities for Start-Ups to Involve Themselves With Primes
  • Utilizing Existing Government Programs to Create In-Roads to Contracts
Mr. Jimmy Smith, Deputy Director, Office of Small Business Programs at US Navy

Mr. Jimmy Smith

Deputy Director, Office of Small Business Programs
US Navy

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch Break

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Adopting the Organizational Structures of Academic Testing Facilities to Create Realistic Hypersonic Testing Environments

Simulating the effects of hypersonic flight digitally can only come so close to imitating the real effects that hypersonic flight will have on an object. The design of wind tunnels and other flight simulators can properly allow for measurements on thermal and atmospheric repercussions on hypersonic flight.
  • Breaking Down the Needed Procurements to Mimic Hypersonic Flight
  • Exploring the Gaps that University Facilities can Help Fill in Navigation, Cooling and Aerodynamics
  • Maximizing Collaboration with Universities
Dr. Venkat Narayanaswamy, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University

Dr. Venkat Narayanaswamy

Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

Mr. Jess Sponable, Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager at Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

Mr. Jess Sponable

Former DARPA and AFRL Program Manager
Chair of the 2019 Hypersonic Weapons Conference

3:15 pm - 3:15 pm End of Pre-Conference Focus Day