Hypersonic speed occurs at Mach 5 or higher, or 5 times the speed of sound. The University of Arizona is home to some of the best facilities that are instrumental in conducting quality research in the field of hypersonics. This research is used to understand the aerodynamic effects on objects such as aircraft and missiles.

Our Hypersonics Competencies

Arizona Materials Lab

Arizona Materials Lab (AML) is a world-class materials research laboratory that has multiple research facilities. This lab studies glass materials, novel materials chemistry, advanced ceramics, and composites. The mission of the AML is to provide Materials Science Engineering faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students a collaborative and synergistic environment in which to conduct their research.  (Dr. Erica L. Corral)

Boundary-Layer Stability and Transition Laboratory

The Boundary-Layer Stability and Transition Laboratory (BLST) is an experimental aerodynamics facility. The BLST is focused primarily on the study of laminar-turblent transition with the goal of improving the understanding of this phenomenon so that physics-based modeling and control strategies may be developed.  (Dr. Stuart “Alex” Craig)

Turbulence and Flow Control Laboratory

The Turbulence and Flow Control Laboratory (TFCL) research focuses on experimental studies of flow physics and flow control at both the basic and applied levels. Efforts are primarily concerned with fundamental aspects of aerodynamics and propulsion in both subsonic and supersonic flows. Many of the TFCL projects are done in close collaboration with research groups having expertise in computational and theoretical fluid dynamics. (Dr. Jesse Little)

UA Aerospace and Mechanical engineering By The Numbers

Research in the field of hypersonics will help military and space exploration industries advance technology and make endeavors such as civilian spacecraft closer to a reality.

State Ranking Among Aerospace Manufacturing
Top 30% Mechanical Engineering Schools
R&D Ranking Among Public Universities
World Ranking Among Aerospace Engineering Schools

Hypersonics Laboratories and Research Centers

UA-ARC has access to several facilities within the University of Arizona’s Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering program. The UA is home to a Mach 5 and Mach 4 wind tunnel, aiding in the high-level testing which contributes to the advanced research of hypersonics such as missiles and transportation.

Key Facts About Hypersonics

4:1 Graduate Student to Faculty Ratio
The university is home to T&E-scale wind tunnels spanning Mach 0 to 5. Classified research capability
6th Highest Paying College Major

Hypersonics News

In Partnership with UArizona, New Nonprofit to Launch Satellite Program to Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In a first-of-its-kind coalition to accelerate climate change action, and with help from UArizona researchers, a new nonprofit organization called Carbon Mapper is launching a program to improve scientific understanding of global methane and carbon dioxide emissions.


Why Arizona should fund hypersonics research

With this burgeoning technology that is so critically important to our national security, Arizona has an opportunity to be a major player in this new frontier of national defense – but investments are required now. Hypersonic technology refers to systems that travel and maneuver at Mach 5 or …


UArizona Engineer Awarded $5M to Build Quantum-Powered Navigation Tools

Zheshen Zhang, a University of Arizona assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is leading  a $5 million quantum technology project to advance navigation for autonomous vehicles and spacecraft, as well as measurement of otherworldly materials such as dark matter and gravitational waves.

The National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Program, which fast-tracks multidisciplinary efforts to solve real-world problems, is funding the Quantum Sensors project.


On-Campus Office
1110 E South Campus Drive
Saguaro Hall, Room 210
Tucson, AZ 85721



Off-Campus Office
101 North Wilmot Road
Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85711



Washington, D.C. Office
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20004



© 2019 UA-ARC | Privacy Policy

Website by Nuanced Media