Yesterday, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions announced the launch of a hypersonic propulsion research mission that occurred on May 1 of this year. The launch was sent from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and was conducted by the Rocket Support Services (RSS) business unit under contract to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division Detachment at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
Kratos is focused on providing mission critical products, services, and solutions for United States National Security, including engineering, manufacturing, and system integration for National Security platforms and programs; most of Kratos’ work is performed on-site at military bases, secure government facilities, or critical infrastructure locations. The company’s clientele mainly consists of United States Federal Government agencies, including the Department of Defense, classified agencies, intelligence agencies and Homeland Security related agencies .Kratos has an employee base of approximately 4,400, many of whom hold an active National Security clearance, including Secret, Top Secret, and higher.
Hypersonic flight, which is travel through Earth’s atmosphere at speeds above Mach 5.5, or more than five times the speed of sound, was the basis of the research payload conducted in the mission. The second in a series of ten planned experiments, the launch boosted the hydrocarbon-fueled research payload to a speed of Mach 6 at an altitude of approximately 70,000 feet, where the scramjet was ignited and accelerated the research payload to a speed of Mach 8 and an altitude of approximately 100,000 feet. NASA reports indicated that this was the first such flight accomplished with a hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet.
This was also the first flight of a Kratos Oriole rocket system boosted by two surplus Terrier rockets, a new configuration. It is anticipated that this vehicle configuration will see additional use for future hypersonic propulsion research missions and as a ballistic missile defense program target vehicle.
David Carter, president of the Kratos’ Defense & Rocket Support Services Division, said, “We are extremely pleased to participate in helping to advance this new propulsion system technology. Kratos is proud to be on the forefront of helping develop this exciting new technology and to add the Terrier-Terrier-Oriole to the family of low-cost ballistic missile defense target vehicles.”
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