The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Australian Defense Science and Technology Organization have jointly undertaken the $54-million hypersonic international flight research and experimentation (HIFiRE) project, to investigate essential hypersonic phenomena and encourage development of hypersonic weapon systems technologies. The project also includes the development and validation of innovative instrumentation and high-resolution measurement techniques to hypersonic aerodynamic and aeropropulsion flow fields. HIFiRE Flight 1 (HF 1) is expected to be launched from the Woomera Protected Weapons Range in April, 2009. Its payload will provide a better quality data set for hypersonic vehicle development above Mach 5. HF 1 is designed to evaluate boundary-layer transition, aeroheating, structural design data, and shock/boundary-layer interaction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Specialist publication||Aerospace America|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aerospace Engineering