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
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.
- Common Hypersonic Glidebody Industry Team
- Common Hypersonic Glidebody Product Transition to Industry
- Common Hypersonic Glidebody Transition to Production
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
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.
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