AFOSR/NASA University Leadership Initiative
Full-Airframe Sensing Technology for Hypersonic Aerodynamics Measurements
UT Austin is the lead institution for a AFOSR/NASA University Leadership Initiative program that focuses on developing a new measurement technology for hypersonic flight. This multi-university research and educational project is called FAST: Full-Airframe Sensing Technology for Hypersonic Aerodynamics Measurements. The FAST concept is that aerodynamic loads are “encoded” in the structural deformation of the vehicle, and so sufficiently accurate measurements of the deformation should enable the integrated and distributed aerodynamic pressure loads over the external surface of the vehicle.