The three-year contribution will fund vertical takeoff and landing research conducted at the university's rotorcraft lab, and high-speed flight experiments up to Mach 8, or 6,000 mph, at the school's hypersonic wind tunnel
. It will also underwrite programs overseen by the Clark School's Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering that aim to increase the enrollment of women and under-represented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines.
An experimental investigation of the airframe-integrated scramjet 14-X B was made in the pulsed hypersonic wind tunnel
T3 at IEAv.
Although most of the wind tunnels are at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., AEDC has other facilities, such as Hypersonic Wind Tunnel
9 in White Oak, Md.
It's a hypersonic wind tunnel
that can simulate flight speeds up to around 16 times the speed of sound.
The center publishes the journal Microgravity Science and Technology, operates hypersonic wind tunnel
and a vibration environment simulation lab, an launched a satellite in the last Discovery mission.
This is a well-known fact among aerospace researchers and it has been stressed that realizing a hypersonic wind tunnel
is itself an engineering task of monumental proportions.
The program got as far as testing a 0.08-scale model in AEDC's hypersonic wind tunnel
. The actual vehicle would measure 25-ft long and have a 15-ft wingspan with a scramjet combustor mounted on top of its body.