Hypersonic speeds are those at Mach 5 and higher and could allow coast-to-coast travel from New York to L.A. in 30 mins.
The consortium will support the missions of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and build a workforce of nuclear scientists, engineers and researchers.
Aerospace engineering researcher Samik Bhattacharya received a $441,000 grant to study bird wing morphing, which could improve the stability of unmanned aerial vehicles in strong gusts of wind.
The technology can help communities become more resilient and aid utility companies in balancing out consumer power demands by storing excess energy from renewable sources like solar and wind.
The project focuses on rotating detonation rocket engines, which use high-energy explosions to produce more energy with less fuel, improving engine efficiency and cutting down space travel costs and emissions.
Using resources found in space to construct off-world structures can drastically reduce the need to transport building materials for programs like Artemis.
UCF and Mitsubishi Power to co-host hydrogen forum Sept. 8 to address hydrogen’s role in the nation’s push to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.
The innovation, which will run on ammonia, may revolutionize propulsion systems for commercial aviation and will help reach a carbon-free future.
The work reflects UCF’s role as a leader in producing the technology and workforce needed for the nation’s new space race.