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SACD's Support of the Hyper-X ProgramNASA s highly successful Hyper-X program demonstrated numerous hypersonic air-breathing vehicle related technologies including scramjet performance, advanced materials and hot structures, GN&C, and integrated vehicle performance resulting in, for the first time ever, acceleration of a vehicle powered by a scramjet engine. The Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate (SACD) at NASA s Langley Research Center played a major role in the integrated team providing critical support, analysis, and leadership to the Hyper-X Program throughout the program s entire life and were key to its ultimate success. Engineers in SACD s Vehicle Analysis Branch (VAB) were involved in all stages and aspects of the program, from conceptual design prior to contract award, through preliminary design and hardware development, and in to, during, and after each of the three flights. Working closely with other engineers at Langley and Dryden, as well as industry partners, roughly 20 members of SACD were involved throughout the evolution of the Hyper-X program in nearly all disciplines, including lead roles in several areas. Engineers from VAB led the aerodynamic database development, the propulsion database development, and the stage separation analysis and database development effort. Others played major roles in structures, aerothermal, GN&C, trajectory analysis and flight simulation, as well as providing CFD support for aerodynamic, propulsion, and aerothermal analysis.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Robinson, Jeffrey S.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Martin, John G.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Thermodynamics
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2006-7031
Meeting Information
11th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference(Portsmouth, VA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 489-02-07-07-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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