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USQ, Hypersonix to develop reusable launch vehicle

Aerospace engineering, design and development company Hypersonix Launch Systems has teamed up with University of Southern Queensland to create a re-usable hypersonic UAV, Delta Velos.

Professor Peter Schubel, Director of University of Southern Queensland’s Centre for Future Materials, said the launch vehicle is a technology demonstrator for key aspects of a re-usable small satellite launch system.

“We are the first university to sign an agreement with Hypersonix Launch Systems to support their journey towards their first launch approximately two years from now,” Professor Schubel said. “This project will involve high temperature composites manufacturing which is an area of expertise for our team. “We are excited to have Hypersonix Launch Systems joining as our latest research partner. Their innovative technology requires advanced composite materials and we look forward to working with them and testing the most suitable materials for their needs.”

The goal is to investigate materials for their high temperature resistance and long durability, access potential for utilising them for re-using launch vehicles and engines.

Hypersonix Launch Systems Managing Director David Waterhouse said the agreement was ideal given the University’s extensive testing facilities.

“They offer a great range of testing including materials characterisation, polymer analysis, mechanical testing and large-scale structural testing; including motor performance testing up to 250kN thrust,” Mr Waterhouse said.

“This is exactly what we were looking for in our current building phase.”

Hypersonix Launch Systems vision is ‘to create the world’s leading sustainable hypersonic technology that fundamentally disrupts the way we fly to space and around the world.’

With a focus on world-leading scramjet technology and hypersonic launch systems, their initial goal is to deploy small satellites into LEO (Low Earth Orbit) and find their unique place in the rapidly growing satellite launch market.

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