RESTON, VA (AIAA PR) – The X-51A WaveRider team has won the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation’s Award for Excellence. The team will receive the award on April 30 at the AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C.
The team is being honored “for the demonstration of the feasibility of sustained air breathing hypersonic flight by achieving a 300 second flight at Mach 5.”
The Department of Defense and NASA plan to conduct high-altitude flight tests of advanced scram-jet technology beginning in 2011 that could lead to high-speed aircraft and next-generation space vehicles.
“The types of aircraft studied…are one-of-a kind research aircraft that will be developing new capabilities to fly efficiently at high speed within the atmosphere using supersonic combustion ramjet engines (Scramjet),” according to a description of the program.