March 24, 2022

Purdue’s best in hypersonics

Looking for the latest in hypersonics research? Need someone to explain hypersonics to you? A variety of Purdue’s leadership, expertise and innovation is highlighted in this roundup.

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Hypersonics in combat: Purdue expert explores the impact on national security

Jonathan Poggie, a professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, discusses how hypersonic missiles will factor into the military both now and in the future following Russia’s use of hypersonic missiles against Ukraine. 

Purdue combines hypersonic development, testing under one roof

  • The Hypersonics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (HAMTC) at Purdue is the only complex to integrate academia and industry from the start of hypersonics materials development and manufacturing.
  • Centralizing design/build/join/test capabilities is expected to shorten the entire hypersonics development process.
  • HAMTC will collaborate with industry partners such as GE Additive, Lockheed Martin and others to work on real industrial defense challenges.

What is hypersonics? Purdue aerospace expert discusses advancing technology


Poggie breaks down the high-speed technology that offers applications in both spaceflight and the military in this video.

National hypersonic ground test facility to be built in Discovery Park District at Purdue

  • The Hypersonic Ground Test Center (HGTC) provides hypersonic testing streams reaching speeds up to Mach 7.5 – more than 5,000 mph.
  • The center is expected to help the U.S. leapfrog research progress of peer adversaries.
  • Rolls-Royce North America is the first aerospace industry member of a consortium that will manage the HGTC.

Where is the world’s first Mach 8 quiet wind tunnel? Indiana

  • New Hypersonics and Applied Research Facility (HARF) to feature first Mach 8 wind tunnel and a hypersonic pulse (HYPULSE) reflected shock/expansion tunnel.
  • Tunnels allow the re-creation of different real-world scenarios, from a spacecraft’s atmosphere reentry to Mach 5+ missile flight.
  • Construction of the 65,000-square-foot HARF broke ground in late 2021.

Purdue hypersonics in the news

Can the U.S. Win the Hypersonics Race?

As seen in The Wall Street Journal

Purdue to expand hypersonics research hub

Aerospace Manufacturing and Design

National Hypersonic Ground Test Facility to be Built

Defense Media Network

Purdue to host new hypersonics test facility

National Defense Magazine

Purdue Plans Hypersonic Test Center Backed By Rolls-Royce

Aviation Week 

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