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New Department of Defense Funding Is Propelling UCF Hypersonic Technology

May 6, 2024
Substantial new funding from the U.S. Department of Defense is helping further establish the University of Central Florida as a leader in hypersonics and space propulsion research not only in the nation, but in the world. Hypersonic propulsion would allow for air travel at speeds of Mach 6 to 17, or more than 4,600 to […]

A New Type of Jet Engine Could Revive Supersonic Air Travel

January 4, 2024
Since the 1960s engineers around the world have been fiddling with a novel type of jet called a rotating detonation engine (RDE), but it has never got beyond the experimental stage. That could be about to change. GE Aerospace, one of the world’s biggest producers of jet engines, recently announced it was developing a working […]

GE’s Breakthrough In ‘Detonating’ Hypersonic Propulsion Is A Big Deal

December 15, 2023
GE Aerospace says it successfully demonstrated an advanced jet propulsion concept that involves a dual-mode ramjet design utilizing rotating detonation combustion. This could offer a pathway to the development of new aircraft and missiles capable of flying efficiently at high supersonic and even hypersonic speeds across long distances. A press release that GE Aerospace put out today offers […]

New DOD-funded Project Will Develop Morphing Hypersonic Engine

September 7, 2023
A new Naval Research Laboratory funded project led by a UCF researcher will work to create a morphing hypersonic engine for ultra-fast travel, building on UCF’s already leading edge developing hypersonic propulsion. Hypersonic propulsion would allow for air travel at speeds of Mach 6 to 17, or more than 4,600 to 13,000 mph, and has […]

7 MAE Faculty Awarded with Promotion and Tenure

July 18, 2023
One-hundred-forty-three UCF faculty members, including seven from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, recently achieved significant career milestones in earning promotions and tenure for the 2022-23 cycle. The approved faculty­ — 93 for promotion, 49 for promotion and tenure and one for tenure — underwent a rigorous evaluation of their work and performance by […]