Making Hypersonic Happen
July 19, 2017
Boeing had an extensive role in HIFiRE 4. The milestone test at the Woomera base comes on the heels of celebrating Boeing’s 90th year in Australia and a significant defence team expansion into South Australia. In past contracts with Air Force Research Laboratory supporting various HIFiRE flight experiments, Boeing has supported various aspects of engineering, including concept design and analysis.
“The flight test of HIFiRE 4 marks an exciting development in hypersonic flight. Boeing has been working in hypersonics research for 60 years and been a partner on the HIFiRE program since its inception in 2006, using our One Boeing approach and leveraging our second-to-none global capabilities in hypersonics research and development,” said Kevin Bowcutt, Boeing Senior Technical Fellow & Chief Scientist of Hypersonics. “In that time we’ve worked to advance innovative hypersonic vehicle design, develop advanced scramjet propulsion integration concepts and high-temperature materials, and ultimately flight tested hypersonic vehicles such as the X-43A, X-51A, and X-37. With the help of partners Defence Science and Technology Group, University of Queensland and BAE Systems, HIFiRE 4 yielded excellent results that exceeded expectations in flight control performance, helping advance our efforts to develop hypersonic vehicles for defense and possibly commercial use. These accomplishments are the building blocks to flight vehicles of the future.”