Aerojet Rocketdyne to go hypersonic

Posted on 22 Oct 2017 and read 379 times
Aerojet Rocketdyne to go hypersonicAerojet Rocketdyne (www.rocket.com) has entered into an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop and ground-test an innovative propulsion system under the agency’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) programme.

Eileen Drake, CEO of Aerojet Rocketdyne, said: “Through the AFRE programme, we aim to mature the design and component technologies and bring them together to conduct a full system-level

Turbine Based Combined Cycle ground-test demonstration. Developing propulsion technologies capable of operating at subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds would enable us to build future generations of high-speed military aircraft to ensure air dominance.”

The primary goal of the AFRE programme is to develop and demonstrate (on the ground) a re-usable hydrocarbon propulsion system that can seamlessly operate in a reliable and affordable manner over the full range of speeds between take-off and ‘hypersonic cruise’.

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