Accession Number : ADA387782


Title :   Why and Whither Hypersonics Research in the US Air Force


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Nov 2000


Corporate Author : SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD (AIR FORCE) WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Fuchs, Ronald P. ; Chaput, Armand J. ; Frost, David E. ; McMahan, Tom ; Vesely, David L.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA387782


Report Date : DEC 2000


Pagination or Media Count : 209


Abstract : This report summarizes the deliberations and conclusions of the 2000 Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) study on Why and Whither Hypersonics Research in the US Air Force. In this study the committee describes the operational requirements of a hypersonic system and presents a research program for air breathing hypersonics to meet the operational requirements. We define a program resulting in an operational air breathing hypersonic space launch system in about 2025. This program includes several exit ramps and potential options. The exit ramps would lead to either an operational rocket-based reusable launch system or continuation of the expendable course the Air Force is currently on. A Red Team Panel was part of the study team and provides alternatives to the air breathing hypersonic systems to meet the operational requirements. The study results represent an outstanding collaboration between the scientific and operational communities and among government, industry, and academia.


Descriptors :   *AIR BREATHING ENGINES , *AIR FORCE RESEARCH , *HYPERSONIC CHARACTERISTICS , MATERIEL , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , INVESTMENTS.


Subject Categories : MILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS
      AIR BREATHING ENGINES (UNCONVENTIONAL)


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE