AFOSR/NASA University Leadership Initiative

Full-Airframe Sensing Technology for Hypersonic Aerodynamics Measurements

simulation of hypersonic vehicle above earth
Image courtesy of DARPA

About Us

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. 

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Team Members

The University of Texas at Austin
Huston-Tillotson University
University of Texas at San Antonio
Sandia National Laboratories
Lockheed Martin Corporation

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