- Stratolaunch and Purdue University have partnered to reduce the time required to design, build, test, and fly hypersonic vehicles.
- Stratolaunch’s Advanced Programs Office will be established at the Convergence Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park District in West Lafayette, Indiana, to oversee the partnership. It will be led by an advanced design director, with support staff and opportunities for student internships.
Stratolaunch and Purdue University have partnered to speed up the time required to design, build, test, and fly hypersonic vehicles. The Advanced Programs Office of Stratolaunch will be established at the Convergence Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park District in West Lafayette, Indiana, to oversee the partnership. It will be led by an advanced design director, with support staff and opportunities for student internships.
Benefits of The Partnership
The partnership will leverage Purdue’s multi-disciplinary hypersonic design methods, ground test facilities, faculty, staff, and students to anchor ground simulations. Combining this capability with Stratolaunch’s rapid prototyping fabrication, flight test service, and hypersonic flight test data from its Talon-A aircraft will enable the team to develop methodologies to accelerate the design and flight time of hypersonic systems.
The partnership comes after Stratolaunch funded a one-year collaborative research project with four Purdue faculty to explore and establish a foundation of advanced computational and experimental capabilities for creating a comprehensive suite of flight-validated air vehicle design optimization tools.
Dr. Zachary Krevor, CEO and president at Stratolaunch, said he is excited about the partnership with Purdue due to its positive implications for streamlining the nation’s hypersonic design capabilities.
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According to Purdue President Mung Chiang, the partnership is beneficial because Stratolaunch’s unique ability to provide access to flight data in long-duration hypersonic conditions complements Purdue’s advanced hypersonic laboratories and cutting-edge research by faculty.
This collaboration will provide students with real-world learning experiences. Establishing Stratolaunch’s office at Discovery Park District further strengthens Purdue’s position as a leading center for hypersonic research and testing in the country.