Featuring Special Guest Lecturer, Kevin Bowcutt, principal senior technical fellow and chief scientist of hypersonics at The Boeing Company.
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Join us as we discuss some of the toughest challenges of hypersonic flight, along with efforts by the presenter and his colleagues to tackle these challenges, advance the state of the art of hypersonics, and help enable current hypersonic system capabilities. Despite progress made, many challenges remain before hypersonic flight becomes routine and the full potential of hypersonics is realized, including capabilities such as global travel, reusable vehicles for defense applications, and truly routine and affordable access to space. Further advancement is needed in challenging research domains such as high-temperature materials and viable structures affordably built from those materials; design accounting for the strong interaction of disciplines, such as fluid dynamics, propulsion, thermal, structure, and control; and revolutionary increases in the fidelity and speed of multidisciplinary modeling and simulation required to support advanced vehicle design. These tough challenges provide excellent opportunities for engineers and scientists to advance their careers in hypersonics by helping to develop solutions to the challenges.