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The Future of High Speed Flight - Dr Paul Bruce, Imperial College.

Lecture

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NASA's most recent X51A 'Waverider' test in August 2012 marked the latest in a long line of unsuccessful attempts at sustained hypersonic flight. Currently the prospect of flying at five or more times the speed of sound remains an elusive goal.

Date and Time

20 March 2013 - 19:30-20:45

Location

Guildford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the Surrey local network.


About this event

NASA's most recent X-51A 'Waverider' test in August 2012 marked the latest in a long line of unsuccessful attempts at sustained hypersonic flight. Despite considerable interest and investment from commercial and military sources, the prospect of flying at five or more times the speed of sound remains an elusive goal. Since Concorde's last flight in 2003, supersonic air travel has become a thing of the past.

In this technical lecture, Dr Paul Bruce will explain some of the challenges faced by today's designers of such high performance vehicles. Starting from the basic aerodynamics of flight from the early days of the Bell X-1 to today's modern supersonic jets and beyond.

Programme

19:00 Doors open and networking.
19:30 Lecture starts.
20:15 Questions and answers.
20:40 Lecture ends.
(End time flexible depending on Q&A's.)

Additional information

Speaker: Dr Paul Bruce, Imperial College, London.



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