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NASA to Promote Civil Hypersonic Research

MIAMI – NASA is converting its long-running hypersonic research studies steadily into development for future commercial applications. The agency has released two new contracts for high-speed production and propulsion work to Aerion Supersonic and GE Aviation, respectively.

The work with Aerion, which is designing the Mach 1.4 AS2 supersonic business jet, draws on previous joint research contracts. Aerion’s work focuses on combustion and thermal control systems for aircraft operating in lower than Mach 3-5 speed range. GE Aviation’s contract focuses on high-temperature ceramic components and turbine-based combined-cycle (TBCC). It aims to test high-Mach vehicles using an F101 engine.

NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology. Photo: Lockheed Martin

NASA’s Hypersonic Efforts

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Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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