Dynetics, based in Huntsville, has successfully completed a large-scale test for its MACH-TB program, which will increase the testing speed for commercially available hypersonic systems.
MACH-TB, or the Multi-Service Advanced Capability Hypersonic Test Bed also includes an experimental glide body that will allow for gathering data on and validating the performance of hypersonic glide body components.
“This successful test has demonstrated first hypersonic insertion of a payload from a commercial launch vehicle and the team is ready to move forward into the next phase of this program,” said Tom Bell, CEO of Leidos, Dynetics’ parent company. “It took our MACH-TB team only 45 days to create this innovative technology demonstration, which highlights our ability to deliver on promises.”
The inaugural launch marked a “significant milestone in our commitment to pushing forward the boundaries of hypersonic innovation,” said Angie Lewis, technical director at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, which is running the project. “Our approach will accelerate progress so that the nation has the right capabilities to counter and address the threat landscape today and throughout this decisive decade.”
The next phase of the program will expand upon the test to develop additional opportunities when it comes to hypersonic flight testing.