- Physics - Jul 17 Neutron beam from nuclear reactor used to produce safer cars
- Mechanical Engineering - Jul 17 Hypersonic flight test goes like a rocket
- Sport Sciences - Jul 16 Pushing the limits of athletic performance
- Mechanical Engineering - Jul 13 Testing a soft artificial heart
- Mechanical Engineering - Jul 13 Tidal studies making waves in energy sector
- Mechanical Engineering - Jul 10 Fine particles come into greater focus
- Mechanical Engineering - Jul 7 Top U.S. solar car team goes small to win big in 2017
- Astronomy - Jul 6 Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing
- Life Sciences - Jun 26 Scientists create a cellular guillotine for studying single- cell wound repair
- Physics - Jun 23 Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality
- Careers - Jun 23 Imperial early- career researcher recognised in prestigious list
- Mechanical Engineering - Jun 21 Blades Research Hub to support development of next generation turbine blades
- Mechanical Engineering - Jun 21 New $8.25M Airbus center at Michigan for next- gen, high efficiency aircraft
- Mechanical Engineering - Jun 16 Wind turbines can pick up the slack on coldest days
- Astronomy - Jun 15 Cornell CubeSat wins ride into space with NASA in 2019
- Mechanical Engineering - Jun 8 Chemicals used to combat Zika, agricultural pests impact motor skills in infants
Hypersonic flight test goes like a rocket
Commercialised flight faster than five times the speed of sound has been brought one step closer, thanks to a successful experimental flight featuring University of Queensland knowhow.
Aerospace engineering researchers from UQ, along with industry and government partners, completed the test flight at Woomera in South Australia.
UQ Chair of Hypersonic Propulsion Professor Michael Smart said the triumph advanced the realisation of hypersonic flight in Australia’s commercial and defence sectors.
“Hypersonic flight has the potential to revolutionise air travel, making it faster and cheaper to travel around the world and into space,” said Professor Smart.
“The experimental flight, designated as ‘HIFiRE 4’, was part of the HIFiRE Program conducted by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), partnering with UQ, Boeing, and BAE Systems.”
Woomera was selected as the test site because of its location, vast area, and ability to support continuous data collection during the flight.
The data collected during the experiment will help researchers to better understand controlled flight at hypersonic speed.
“Fundamental research conducted over many years by UQ’s Centre for Hypersonics , within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering , has made a significant contribution to this and previous HIFiRE flights,” Professor Smart said.
UQ’s support of HIFiRE was partially funded by Boeing and the Queensland State Government through the National and International Research Alliances Program.
Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, said by understanding hypersonic flight, the Australian Defence Force would be in a better position to respond to future threats.
Minister Payne said the HIFiRE team had achieved significant milestones, including design, assembly and pre-flight testing of the hypersonic vehicles, and design of complex avionics and flight systems.
Learn more about the UQ Centre for Hypersonics’ research, including its air-breathing propulsion ‘scramjet’, here.
Last job offers
- Administration/Government - 4.7
Projektleiter/in Risiko- und Projektmanagement
- Administration/Government - 24.7
Professorat i civilprocesret
- History/Archeology - 17.7
Lektorat i Kunsthistorie /Associate professorship in Art History
- History/Archeology - 21.7
University Assistant (post doc)
- Business/Economics - 31.8
Professur für Finanzwirtschaft
- Mechanical Engineering - 24.7
Professur Produktentwicklung und Konstruktion
- Mechanical Engineering - 24.7
Researcher in Unmanned Aircraft (UAS) Design for High Performance and Demonstrator Applications
- Mechanical Engineering - 5.8
[Pourvu] Enseignant-chercheur en Mécanique - CDI