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Hypersonics

Advanced Measurement for Next-Generation Defense Aircraft

Hypersonics

Hypersonic systems are advanced military technologies that travel at extremely high speeds, typically faster than Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) or around 6,174 kilometers per hour (3,836 miles per hour). These weapons are designed to deliver precision strikes with exceptional speed and agility, making them difficult to detect, track, and intercept by traditional defense systems.

Examples include the Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) and the Air Breathing Hypersonics Concept (HAWC).

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Physical Properties Systems

Accurate mass properties measurements are essential for the design, development, and operation of hypersonic systems. By obtaining precise measurements of the mass, center of gravity, and moments of inertia, engineers can ensure proper balance, stability, and flight characteristics of the vehicle, leading to safe and efficient hypersonic operations.

Types of products include:

  • Hypersonic Vehicle
  • Propulsion System: engines, fuel tanks
  • Payloads: Various – scientific instruments, communication equipment, reconnaissance systems
  • Control Surfaces: wings, fins, control flaps
  • External Stores: weapons, additional fuel tanks
  • Structural Components: fuselage, wings, tail
  • Thermal Protection Systems: heat-resistant tiles or coatings
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Igniter Circuit Testers

Igniter circuit testers play a crucial role in ensuring the proper functioning of ignition systems and related components in hypersonic systems. By using these testers, engineers and technicians can verify the integrity and performance of the igniter circuits, ensuring reliable ignition and safe operation of the hypersonic systems.

Types of products include:

  • Ignition Systems
  • Propulsion Systems
  • Critical firing circuits
  • Fuel and Oxidizer Supply Systems
  • Igniter Assemblies: igniters, other ignition devices
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Pressure and Temperature Systems

Pressure, temperature, torque, and force measurement instruments are vital in monitoring and maintaining the performance, reliability, and safety of various products and components within hypersonic systems. By accurately measuring these parameters, engineers can optimize the operation, detect anomalies, and ensure the proper functioning of the system during hypersonic missions.

  • Hypersonics Engines
  • Thermal Protection Systems
  • Control Surfaces: fins, flaps
  • Structural Components: airframes, fairings
  • Hypersonics Wind Tunnels
  • Airspeed and altitude sensors
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RF Systems

RCS measurements are critical in the development and operation of hypersonic systems to assess and reduce their detectability by radar systems. By conducting these measurements on various components and optimizing their design, hypersonic vehicles can enhance their stealth capabilities and reduce the risk of detection.

Types of products include:

  • Hypersonic Vehicle
  • Nose Cone
  • Control Surfaces
  • External Stores: weapons or additional equipment
  • Antennas and Communication Systems
  • Thermal Protection Systems
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Thermal Systems

Hypersonic systems generate intense heat due to their high speeds and aerodynamic forces. Heat flux sensors, infrared radiometers, and thermocouples are used to monitor and assess the thermal conditions experienced by the vehicle during flight. These sensors provide real-time temperature data and heat transfer measurements, helping engineers optimize thermal management and ensure the structural integrity of hypersonic systems.

Types of products include:

  • Hypersonic Vehicle: Transition from laminar to turbulent boundary layer
  • Engine Components: combustion chambers, turbine blades, and exhaust systems
  • Thermal Protection Systems
  • Control Surfaces: wings, fins, flaps
  • External Stores: weapons, additional fuel tanks
  • Avionics and Electronics
  • Ground Testing Facilities
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