Main Day 2

April 2, 2020

8:00 - 8:50 Registration and Morning Networking

8:50 - 9:00 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:45 Guiding Aerospace Science Research to Enable Advanced Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics and High-Speed Propulsion

Dr. Knox Millsaps, SES - Director, Division of Aerospace Science, Air Warfare and Weapons, Office of Naval Research

Hypersonic flight provides an unprecedented capability by simultaneously extending range and reducing transit time, enabling rapid reach and global targeting. The Office of Naval Research is making tremendous leaps in high performance hypersonic offensive and defense weapons, which will ultimately enable future Naval hypersonic utilization.

- Current hypersonic research concentration efforts

- Ongoing research to expand power, propulsion and thermal management of hypersonic systems

- Guiding development of aero-thermal optimized hypersonic bodies


Dr. Knox Millsaps, SES

Director, Division of Aerospace Science, Air Warfare and Weapons
Office of Naval Research

9:45 - 10:30 Bolstering Strategic Deterrence and Global Strike Combat Support via Integration of Hypersonic Capabilities

General Timothy Ray - Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Secretary of the Air Force

Air Force Global Strike Command provides strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support to USSTRATCOM and other geographic combatant commands. The persistent development of hypersonic weapons from near-peer adversaries requires a next-generation approach for global strike capability insertion.


General Timothy Ray

Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command
Secretary of the Air Force

10:30 - 11:15 Networking Break and Demo Drive

11:15 - 12:00 Dynetics, A Leidos Company Sponsored Speaking Session

Scott Stanfield - Director, Strategic Programs, Dynetics, a Leidos Company

- Common Hypersonic Glidebody Industry Team

- Common Hypersonic Glidebody Product Transition to Industry

- Common Hypersonic Glidebody Transition to Production


Scott Stanfield

Director, Strategic Programs
Dynetics, a Leidos Company

12:00 - 12:45 Efforts to Integrate Autonomous and AI Capabilities into Hypersonic Systems: Developing Artificially Intelligent Aerospace Systems

Dr. Alex Roesler - Deputy Director, Integrated Military Systems, Strike & Aerospace Systems, Sandia National Laboratories

The incredibly fast nature of hypersonic flight provides a strategic capability that could potentially alter current force structure as we know it. However, this speed comes with a price; it leaves little room for human intervention regarding changes or path correction. Our partners at Sandia are researching the application of autonomy and AI capabilities into hypersonic systems to address this challenge.

-      Efforts to integrate autonomous system capabilities into hypersonic systems: near-term engineering challenges

-      Addressing challenges of path planning, perception, localization, and flight control

-      Ongoing collaborative efforts


Dr. Alex Roesler

Deputy Director, Integrated Military Systems
Strike & Aerospace Systems, Sandia National Laboratories

12:45 - 13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:30 Improving Knowledge and Control of Theoretical and Experimental Hypersonic Viscous Flows

Dr. Rodney Bowersox - Department Head of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

Texas A&M’s Hypersonics Laboratory plays an important role guiding the future of hypersonic flight, but also plays a major role in providing critical research and facility capabilities to bolster ongoing DoD and Service hypersonic development.


  • Temperature consideration when managing hypersonic flow
  • Ongoing high-speed aerodynamics research and initiatives
  • Texas A&M and US Army Futures Command partnership efforts

Dr. Rodney Bowersox

Department Head of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University

With weaponry capable of speeds above 10,000/MPH, hypersonic capabilities present a bevy of engineering challenges to be met to enable operational utilization. Such understandings of these challenges is a pre-requisite to making hypersonic flight routine, an effort that is highlighted across the Armed Services


- Guiding high-speed aerothermodynamic capability development to support near-term utilization

- Developing understanding of high-speed, high temperature non-equilibrium flows around flying vehicles

- Academic partnership efforts to facilitate aerothermodynamic capability development


Dr. Ivett Leyva

Program Officer, Engineering and Complex Systems
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory

15:15 - 15:30 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

15:30 - 15:30 Post Conference Networking