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Air Force Research Lab Tests Northrop-Built Hypersonic Engine

Air Force Research Lab Tests Northrop-Built Hypersonic Engine - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Air Force Research Lab Tests Northrop-Built Hypersonic Engine - top government contractors - best government contracting event

A team at Air Force Research Laboratory completed a ground test of a Northrop Grumman-built scramjet engine at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee.

Todd Barhorst, an aerospace engineer at AFRL and lead for the Medium Scale Critical Components program, said in a statement published Monday that the air-breathing hypersonic engine generated over 13,000 pounds of thrust during testing conducted by AFRL with Arnold Engineering Development Complex and Northrop.

“The scramjet successfully ran across a range of hypersonic Mach numbers for unprecedented run times, demonstrating that our technology is leading the way in delivering large scale hypersonic platforms to our warfighters,“ said Pat Nolan, vice president for missile products at Northrop.

The 18-foot-long engine went through approximately 30 minutes of accumulated combustion time during a series of tests that spanned nine months.

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Written by Jane Edwards

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