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FUNDAMENTAL AERONAUTICS - THE HIGH SPEED PROJECT
Scramjet TestHigh-speed vehicle research includes developing advanced computer-based prediction methods for supersonic aircraft shape and performance, and developing technologies that will help eliminate today's technical barriers to practical, commercial supersonic flight.

These barriers include sonic boom, supersonic aircraft fuel efficiency, prediction of vehicle control, operation and performance, and the ability to design future vehicles in an integrated, multidisciplinary manner.

High-speed research also includes expansion of foundational knowledge necessary for pushing the capabilities for controlled, air-breathing hypersonic flight.

For questions regarding the High Speed Project, contact Peter Coen.



The High Speed Project is organized around Research Themes that articulate the longer-term, important areas of research necessary to advance the state of the art for a flight regime or discipline. Within the context of the themes, nearer-term technological capabilities necessary to help overcome national challenges in air transportation are defined as Technical Challenges (TCs).

Research Themes and Technical Challenges (TCs)
Theme TC Title TC Description
Integrated Design Solutions for Revolutionary High Speed Aircraft Low Sonic Boom Design Tools Tools and technologies enabling the design of supersonic aircraft that reduce sonic boom noise to 80 PLdB validated as ready for application in a flight demonstrator
Understand and Measure Sonic Boom Community Response Sonic Boom Community Response Metric and Methodologies Validated field study methodology including indoor and outdoor noise metrics, survey tools and test protocols to support community studies with a demonstrator aircraft
Minimize Airport Community Noise Impact of High Speed Aircraft Low Noise Propulsion for Low Boom Aircraft Design tools and innovative concepts for integrated supersonic propulsion systems with noise levels of 10 EPNdB less than FAR 36 Stage 4 demonstrated in ground test
Cruise Efficiency of High Speed Airframes and Propulsion System (Longer-term TC may be identified at a later date.) " "
Multi-discipline Solutions to the Impact of Aeroservoelasticity (Longer-term TC may be identified at a later date.) " "
Flight Systems Technologies to Maximize Capabilities of High Speed (Longer-term TC may be identified at a later date.) " "
Aircraft in the Airspace (Longer-term TC may be identified at a later date.) " "
Scramjet Propulsion Technologies (Longer-term TC may be identified at a later date.) " "

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TECHNICAL HIGHLIGHTS
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"FaINT" Ground and Flight Tests
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WSPR Sonic Boom Research
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WSPR Flight Overview
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