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We Feel the Need …

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Hypersonic technology is moving fast. Really fast.

“Hypersonic” means flight at Mach 5 or greater, which means you could fly 8,000 miles in 30 minutes.

Engineers at Lockheed Martin say there are four critical challenges they’re working to solve to make routine hypersonic flight possible:

• Heat: developing tough but lightweight materials to withstand friction and wind resistance.

• Advanced materials: creating composite materials for extreme environments.

• Maneuverability: enabling agility at high speeds.

• Communications: ensuring continuous connectivity.

Much like the space race did for a generation, hypersonics is capturing the imaginations of young aerospace engineers. You can read one engineer’s story here.

– Melissa Mathews, The Engineering 100

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