SPARC Research has received a contract for the propulsion design of a future hypersonic interceptor weapon system.

Having received the contract award from the US not-for-profit research and development organisation Draper Laboratory, SPARC will also be responsible for delivering analysis support for the weapon.

The project concept is based on advanced air-breathing propulsion technologies, which are expected to provide the hypersonic weapon with extended flight at increased speeds that have yet remained unachieved.

In order to meet the challenge, SPARC Research will leverage its in-house experience and analysis tools.

SPARC Research founder and president Dr Patrick Hewitt said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with such a well-recognised high-technology organisation as Draper.

“Together, I am confident we can add this emerging technology to the future US defensive capability.”

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