Published: Jan. 9, 2019

Brian Argrow"If the U.S. is to retain leadership in hypersonics, a sustained increase in university research programs is critical."

Viewpoint by Brian Argrow
Chair, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences

“Boost-glide,” the method of using rocket pro­pulsion to achieve high speed before an un­powered glide, is an apt metaphor for U.S. investment in hypersonics research and education. Recent interviews with government leaders and experts suggest that the U.S. no longer has the luxury of exploring hyperson­ic flight as an unchallenged leader. In addition to the need for long-term commitment to basic research and technolo­gy development, there is a more urgent requirement for rapid...

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