Applied hypersonics

Preparation for HIFiRE launch

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.

Key information

Areas of expertise

Hypersonics enabling research:

  • combustion science
  • hypersonics aerodynamics
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • high speed instrumentation and data acquisition
  • shock tunnel operations

Hypersonic flight testing:

  • advanced materials
  • mechanical/electrical design, manufacture and systems integration
  • computational modelling, simulation and hardware-in-the-loop testing
  • guidance navigation and control
  • test and evaluation / range operations