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    X-51A WaveRider Team Wins 2014 AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence
    Honored for the Demonstration of the Feasibility of Sustained Air Breathing Hypersonic Flight

    January 29, 2014 – Reston, Va. – The X-51A WaveRider team has won the 2014 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation’s Award for Excellence. The team will receive the award on April 30 at the AIAA Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, in Washington, D.C.

    The team is being honored “for the demonstration of the feasibility of sustained air breathing hypersonic flight by achieving a 300 second flight at Mach 5.”

    The fourth X-51A WaveRider vehicle completed a 300 second test flight on May 1, 2013. During the flight, the vehicle sustained speeds of about Mach 5, setting a new record for duration of air-breathing, hypersonic flight. The X-51A project team is comprised of representatives from The Boeing Company, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, with support from the Air Force Flight Test Center, NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The vehicle’s success lays the groundwork for future advances in hypersonic flight, including high-speed aircraft and air-breathing propulsion systems for future space launchers.

    “This is such a fitting tribute because the X-51A program was truly a milestone in atmospheric flight, establishing beyond any doubt that a vehicle can be propelled at sustained hypersonic speeds using an air-breathing engine powered by a relatively conventional fuel,” said Mark Lewis, AIAA Foundation chairman. “The success of the X-51A WaveRider program is more than just an outstanding technical accomplishment; it is the culmination of nearly five decades of research in the field, and a testament to what a team of aerospace professionals can achieve when they are united in the pursuit of a barrier-shattering advance in flight.”

    “The X-51A WaveRider represents an important contribution towards furthering sustained hypersonic flight,” said Basil Hassan, AIAA vice president of technical activities. “This award reminds us what can be accomplished and inspires us to continue to dare to push the envelope of flight to greater heights and faster speeds. On behalf of AIAA’s technical activities community, I extend our congratulations to the X-51A WaveRider team for its accomplishments.”

    The AIAA Foundation Award for Excellence recognizes deserving organizations or individuals for extraordinary accomplishments in the promotion of aerospace. Past recipients include the 787 Dreamliner; the Mars Science Laboratory; the National Reconnaissance Office, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Sen. John Glenn, and the Joint Strike Fighter Program.

    For more information on the Aerospace Spotlight Award recipients, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at 703.264.7623 or carols@aiaa.org. To purchase a table or individual seats at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala, please contact Merrie Scott at 703.264.7530 or merries@aiaa.org.

    Media Contact: Duane Hyland, duaneh@aiaa.org, or 703.264.7558

    The AIAA Foundation seeks to “make it exciting, make it empowering, and make it fun.” That simple, compelling philosophy drives the Foundation’s commitment to math, science, and technology education. The AIAA Foundation offers a wealth of resources to support educators from K–12 through university: scholarships, classroom grants, design competitions, and student conferences, improving scientific literacy and advancing the arts and sciences of aerospace. For more information on the AIAA Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and professionals, please visit www.aiaafoundation.org.  

     

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