Hypersonic Missile Research

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying 24 satellites as part of the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission launches from Launch Complex 39A, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Four NASA technology and science payloads which will study non-toxic spacecraft fuel, deep space navigation, "bubbles" in the electrically-charged layers of Earth's upper atmosphere, and radiation protection for satellites are among the two dozen satellites that will be put into orbit. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Posted on July 22, 2019 | Completed on July 22, 2019 | By: Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC)

What is the current state of hypersonic missile programs and are organic composites being used as part of the solution?

DSIAC received a technical inquiry stemming from the New York Times article “Hypersonic Missiles Are Unstoppable. And They’re Starting a New Global Arms Race” regarding information on the current status of hypersonic missile technology and whether or not the technology utilizes any organic composite materials.  DSIAC materials engineering subject matter experts at the Texas Research Institute Austin compiled materials from recently attended hypersonics forums and literature searches using DTIC’s R&E Gateway and open sources in a response report delivered to the inquirer. The report details the different types of hypersonic systems, the current status of hypersonic missile technology programs, and whether hypersonic missile programs utilize organic composite materials.

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