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Kimberly W. Land
(757) 864-9885

RELEASE NO. 98-083

Sigma Series lecture,VASC, on Monday, October 5
Colloquium on Tuesday, October 6

Hyper-X: Flying at 7 to 10 Times the Speed of Sound

NASA is developing technology for an air-breathing engine that could be used in reusable space launchers, while reducing the cost of putting payloads in orbit. Vincent L. Rausch, manager of the Hyper-X program, will speak at a colloquium on Tuesday, October 6 at 2 p.m., at the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. Rausch will give a brief history of hypersonic flight and mission applications, followed by an overview of the Hyper-X program goals, objectives, approach, participants, and five-year schedule. He will also discuss technology challenges in the areas of aerodynamics, stage separation, and propulsion. Finally, he will address the flight experiments and program status. The joint Langley Research Center - Dryden Flight Research Center Hyper-X program will, for the first time ever, conduct Mach 7 and 10 flights of three airframe-integrated dual-mode scramjet-powered research vehicles.

Retired Colonel, USAF, Vincent L. Rausch, was named Hyper-X Program Manager at NASA Langley Research Center in July 1996. From 1991-96, he was the Assistant Director for Aeronautics (High-Performance Aircraft) at NASA Headquarters. Previously, Rausch was the first Director of NASP (National Aero Space Plane) Inter-Agency Office in the Pentagon.

A media briefing will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Boulevard in Hampton. The general public are invited to the Sigma Series lecture at the Virginia Air and Space Center is on Monday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Media who wish to attend the briefing should contact Kimberly W. Land at (757) 864-9885.

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