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NEWS | Aug. 20, 2018

Materials Development Provides Air Force With Critical Test Assets For Advancing Hypersonic Vehicles




Materials Research & Design Inc.

  • LOCATION: Wayne, Pennsylvania
  • TOPIC TITLE: High Temperature Throat Design, Analysis and Fabrication for AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 at Mach 14/18
  • TECHNICAL PROJECT OFFICE: Arnold Engineering Development Complex

A small business partner has delivered a critical new tool to assist the Air Force in its race for hypersonic capabilities.

With support from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program, Pennsylvania-based Materials Research & Design Inc. created a material that can survive the extreme pressures and temperatures of a Mach 18 wind tunnel, a solution previously thought to be well out of reach.

As adversaries push for the technology, developing hypersonic capabilities is deemed the ‘highest technical priority’ by Michael Griffin, the Pentagon’s Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.

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