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High-Speed Experimental Fly Vehicles - International

Objective

The HEXAFLY-INT project aims to flight test an experimental vehicle above Mach 7 to verify its potential for a high aerodynamic efficiency during a free-flight while guaranteeing a large internal volume. The feasibility for a 3m long vehicle was demonstrated during the European L0 precursor project HEXAFLY. Its realization will now be enabled on an international scale underlining the need for global cooperation in case of a future deployment of a high-speed cruiser.
This flight opportunity will increase drastically the Technology Readiness Level of developments realized in previous high-speed EC projects such as ATLLAS I & II and LAPCAT I & II.
The different technologies and methodologies which need experimental flight testing at high speed are grouped around the major axes of HEXAFLY-INT:
1. High-Speed Vehicle Concepts
2. High-Speed Aerodynamics
3. High-Temperature Materials and Structures
4. High-Speed Flight Control
5. High-Speed Environmental Impact
To realize this experimental flight test, different consecutive steps are planned each followed by a critical review together with international partners:
– updated of the mission profile based upon the feasibility study
– a detailed design of a high-speed experimental flight vehicle
– selection and manufacturing of ground-tested technologies and systems
– assembly, integration and testing of the experimental flight test vehicle
– identification and procurement of the most promising flight platform(s)
The design of the experimental high-speed cruise vehicle will be the main driver and challenge in this project with following scientific objectives:
- an aerodynamic balance at a cruise Mach number higher than 7
- an integrated conceptual design demonstrating a combined volumetric and aerodynamic efficiency
- making maximum use of developed advanced high-temperature materials

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aeronautical engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-HIGH-SPEED
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Address
24 Rue Du General Bertrand
75007 Paris
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 693 055
Administrative Contact
Caroline Guillon-Dumas (Mrs.)

Participants (10)

AIRBUS GROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 166 500
Address
2 Rond-point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julie Fosse (Mrs.)
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 153 225
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Formisano (Mr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 672 830
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Goulon (Mr.)
TECNOSISTEM SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 241 500
Address
Vico Ii S Nicola Alla Dogana 9
80133 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mariaelena Paonessa (Mrs.)
TECHNO SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 422 062
Address
Zona Industriale San Martino - Via Provinciale Pianura - 2 Int.23
80078 Pozzuoli (Na)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Monti (Mr.)
MAROTTA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 401 250
Address
Via G.marconi 18/A
80040 Cercola Na
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pasquale Grosso (Mr.)
GAS DYNAMICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
22 Empress Avenue
GU14 8LX Farnborough
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Craig Walton (Dr.)
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 17 783
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominick Hemeryck (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 7 500
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Weigand (Prof.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 149 295
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kathrin Althaus (Mrs.)