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Immediate Release

University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics (UCAH) Concludes Successful Leap-Ahead Technology Spring Forum at Texas A&M University

The DoD announced today that the UCAH, the first technical community dedicated to applied hypersonic science and technology for national defense, concluded its two-day spring forum on Thursday at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The forum consisted of panels focused on the United States’ ability to surpass the competition in hypersonic technologies. More than 250 participants from universities, government, and industry gathered to discuss state-of-the-art innovations in critical hypersonic-related areas.

“Our focus is not just to leap frog our competitors, but to leap far ahead, where our capabilities will be unmatched and not easily imitated,” said Dr. Gillian Bussey, JHTO Director.

The growing Consortium recently rolled out two new multi-disciplinary challenge projects worth more than $18 million, which will provide opportunities for universities currently under contract to add undergraduate researchers to enhance hypersonic workforce development. The UCAH is sponsored by the Joint Hypersonic Transition Office (JHTO) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E).

More information about the Consortium can be found at:   

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