AFRL/AFOSR Conducts Successful Rocket Launch at NASA Wallops for Hypersonic Research

AFRL/AFOSR BOLT II Rocket launching from NASA/Wallops Flight Facility on March 21, 2022. (Credit: NASA/Wallops/Brian Bonsteel)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL PR) – The BOLT II “In memory of Mike Holden” flight experiment, managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFRL/AFOSR), launched on the evening of March 21 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Dr. Michael Holden, who, up until his passing in 2019, had been a leader in the hypersonics field since the 1960s. The flight experiment successfully flew the planned flight path and acquired tremendous scientific data to further our understanding of boundary layer transition, turbulent heating, and drag at hypersonic conditions.

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University of Queensland Works with Gilmour Space to Develop New Launch Vehicle

University of Queensland Deputy Director of the Centre for Hypersonics, Dr Ingo Jahn, with Postdoctoral researcher Joshua Keep at the Gilmour Space factory in Helensvale, Queensland. (Credit: University of Queensland)

Brisbane QLD (University of Queensland PR) — New technologies for a next-generation hybrid rocket that will launch small satellites into low-Earth orbits from 2022 are being developed in Queensland, thanks to a partnership between University of Queensland  researchers and Gilmour Space.

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SCRAMSPACE Test Unsuccessful

SCRAMSPACE vehicle. (Credit: University of Queensland)
SCRAMSPACE vehicle. (Credit: University of Queensland)

ANDOYA, Norway (UQ PR) — Australia’s SCRAMSPACE hypersonic flight experiment from the Andøya Rocket Range in Norway has ended in an unsuccessful launch.

The launch was the culmination of the three-year SCRAMSPACE research program, and was designed to conduct a flight-test of a free-flying scramjet at Mach 8.

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