Accession Number : ADA302634


Title :   The Hypersonic Revolution. Volume 2. From Scramjet to the National Aero-Space Plane


Descriptive Note : Final rept., 1964-1986


Corporate Author : AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Hallion, Richard P ; Becker, John ; Vitalli, John ; Young, James


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a302634.pdf


Report Date : Aug 1995


Pagination or Media Count : 674


Abstract : The hypersonic revolution has been a particularly American one, borne of the national pursuit of transonic and supersonic flight technology. True, it does have both domestic and international dimensions, in the prophecy of Robert Goddard, Hermann Oberth, and Konstantin Tsiolkovskiy at the beginning of the twentieth century, and in the prescient (if impractical) studies of Eugen Sanger and Irene Bredt (later Irene Sanger-Bredt) near mid-century. But if its inspiration was some- times international in flavor, its execution was American--from the early pre-X-15 studies of the 1950's through the pioneering missions of Columbia in 1981. Primarily, the hypersonic revolution grew out of the traditional federal-industrial partnership that had benefitted American aviation since the First World War. It germinated and flourished amidst the laboratories of the Air Force, Navy, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and its successor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the major aerospace manufacturers. Not merely an aerodynamic revolution, the hypersonic revolution--like the supersonic breakthrough and the drive for the modern, airplane before it--involved the creative integration and exploitation of diverse technologies.


Descriptors :   *AEROSPACEPLANES , *HYPERSONIC CHARACTERISTICS , WARFARE , AIR FORCE , GLOBAL , MANUFACTURING , AERODYNAMICS , FLAVOR , DOMESTIC , INTERNATIONAL , AERONAUTICS , AEROSPACE SYSTEMS , SUPERSONIC FLIGHT


Subject Categories : Aerodynamics
      Research and Experimental Aircraft


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