Air Force Research Lab Preparing for Second Hypersonic Ground Test

The US Air Force is preparing for a second hypersonic ground test having set a record of 13,000 pounds of thrust during recent testing The Pentagon is emphasising hypersonics as it prepares for near-peer competition The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is installing an Aerojet Rocketdyne-designed air-breathing hypersonic engine as it...
  • The US Air Force is preparing for a second hypersonic ground test having set a record of 13,000 pounds of thrust during recent testing
  • The Pentagon is emphasising hypersonics as it prepares for near-peer competition

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is installing an Aerojet Rocketdyne-designed air-breathing hypersonic engine as it prepares for a second test.

AFRL recently set a record for the highest thrust produced by an air-breathing hypersonic engine in US Air Force (USAF) history. AFRL achieved over 13,000 pounds of thrust from a scramjet engine during testing at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. The 5.5 m-long Northrop Grumman engine endured 30 minutes of accumulated combustion time during the nine months of testing, according to a service statement.

Source: www.janes.com