Hypersonics: Test and Evaluation


Instructed by Mr. Daniel Marren, Hypersonic T&E and University Engagement Lead at Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) and Joint Hypersonic Transition Office (JHTO).


This unique Hypersonic Test and Evaluation short course is an offering that is meant to introduce students to high speed and hypersonic test. The course will introduce the concept of hypersonic flight and describe the critical physics that is encountered at this unique and formidable speed regime. It will briefly discuss the system benefits and uses for this flight regime and put in perspective, why system performance and evaluation through test for this important speed regime can create difficulties for the tester, test facility developer and project manager. Principals of test design for this unique flight regime will be discussed as well as descriptions and examples of the typical test capability types along with examples of each in the current ground test infrastructure.


  • Be able to describe the fundamentals of hypersonic flight.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the various benefits of speed.
  • Understand the history of hypersonic test.
  • Differentiate between the disciplines and test capabilities used to evaluate high speed systems.
  • Gain a better understanding of the salient physics challenges for providing a relevant environment.
  • Know the Benefits and Shortfalls of test and test techniques to choose evaluation method wisely.
  • Recognize and plan for evaluation of important concepts through test
  • [Detailed outline below]
Anyone in the engineering field that has interest in high-speed systems. Both the new engineer and the technical manager assigned to a high-speed program will gain a better understanding of challenges they might face. Additionally, aerospace students will benefit from this offering.

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Level: Fundamentals
Course Length: 1 day
AIAA CEU's available: Yes

This course is also available on-demand. Register here.
  • Introduction
  • Hypersonic 101
  • History of Hypersonic Systems
  • Hypersonic Activity World-Wide
  • Hypersonic Systems and Benefits
  • Past Hypersonic Programs and their Contributions
  • Challenges of Hypersonic Flight
  • Reproducing the Hypersonic Environment
  • Hypersonic Test and Evaluation
  • T&E Compared to S&T
  • Linking Analysis to Test
  • Flight Experimentation Compared to Ground Test 
  • Types of Hypersonic Test
  • Listing of Hypersonic Facilities and specifications
  • Examples of Evaluation Techniques
  • Measurements and Diagnostics
  • Benefits of Ground Test facilities
  • Challenges or Shortfalls to Ground Test Facilities
  • Putting It Into Practice: Real Life Examples
  • Lessons Learned from 50+ Years of Hypersonics
  • US Hypersonic Emphasis
  • Test Enterprise – S&T to T&E for the Future
  • Summary and Look to the Future

Mr. Daniel Marren is the CEO and President of Marren Associates LLC and recently retired from the USAF after 35 years as Director of the White Oak Site of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Air Force Materiel Command, Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. Today, he leads the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) regarding hypersonic test and workforce development. He also leads efforts for the newly created Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO) in the areas of workforce development and university engagement. At AEDC, he was responsible for management and oversight of all aspects of the AEDC White Oak site, and the Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9. He managed development and evaluation testing for high-speed/hypersonic systems, served as the primary customer interface and Complex planning and execution agent for performing hypersonic system test mission. He was responsible for developing and communicating strategic roadmaps, product area. He was responsible for all aspects of the test mission including budgeting, business development, test planning, test execution, and data analysis and reporting; directs high-speed/hypersonics analysis and evaluation program; and reports test execution information and infrastructure needs through the Test Division.


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