The Applied Hypersonics branch develops technology for atmospheric flight and air-breathing propulsion to be used in air vehicles travelling at speeds in excess of Mach 5.0.
The branch leads all Australian activities associated with the DST Group-US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) HIFiRE flight test program.
Our infrastructure in this branch includes:
- mechanical and electrical design software
- electronic and mechanical assembly rooms
- environmental test laboratory
- hardware-in-the-loop testing facility
- range equipment required for flight testing.
Hypersonics flight research
Our Hypersonics Flight Research group collaborates in the development of air-breathing hypersonics propulsion and in the testing of prototype designs in ground-based tunnels.
HIFiRE flight test systems
Our HIFiRE Flight Test Systems group supports the HIFiRE flight test program, a collaborative project arrangement with the US Air Force in air-breathing hypersonic propulsion.
This includes the design and manufacture of flight test vehicles to collect aerothermodynamic data and combustion data, including up to nine flight tests.