Increasing Safety at Supersonic Speed

Rajan Kumar of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is leading a study of forces that affect aircraft at supersonic and hypersonic speeds, including the behavior of shock waves and flow features inherent in releasing “stores” such as weapons or humanitarian aid packages at high speed.

“If you want to deliver a rescue or support package in an area not easily accessible, such as a warzone, you may have to do so at fast speed, so you don’t get shot down,” Kumar said. “Manned or unmanned, whatever you are dropping should not hit the parent aircraft during flight.” The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is funding the study through FSU.

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