Speeding up hypersonic innovation with HIFiRE 4

A recent successful flight test in Australia brings hypersonic flight vehicles another step forward

August 10, 2017 in Technology, Defense

Boeing and several partners recently launched an experimental hypersonic vehicle in rural Australia, proving technologies that could pave the way for hypersonic flight vehicles of the future.

The June 30 test of the HIFiRE 4 vehicle in Woomera, South Australia, was conducted by Boeing and the Defence Science Technology Group, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, along with partners University of Queensland and BAE Systems, as part of the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation program. The successful flight test exceeded expectations in flight control performance, program officials said.