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An illustration of a hypersonic vehicle. The vehicle is skinny, long, and somewhat rectangular from overhead with delta wings. It is covered in black tiles and has the NASA logotype and logo.
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Hypersonic Technology Project

NASA is working to enable routine, reusable, airbreathing hypersonic flight by conducting fundamental and applied research to enable a broad spectrum of hypersonic systems and missions.

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Project Manager

Mary Jo Long-Davis

Deputy Project Manager

Andrea Storch

Boundary Layer Turbulence 2 Flight

A two-stage suborbital sounding rocket launched in March 2022 to study boundary layer transition, turbulent heating, and drag on vehicles flying at hypersonic conditions.

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Research Topic Areas

The Hypersonic Technology (HT) Project organizes its work into distinct research topic areas.

HT explores four key topics in hypersonics: system-level design, analysis, and validation; propulsion technologies, vehicles technologies; and high-temperature, durable materials.

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A wireframe image of an aircraft being designed.