Moving at Hypersonic Speed Into the Future






Arizona Research Center of Hypersonics

The University of Arizona is a global leader in the field of hypersonics. Ideally situated in the heart of aerospace and defense industry, the institution boasts a unique array of resources, laboratories and world-renowned researchers, dedicated to breaking new ground and pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

Focus Areas

  • Materials, structure and thermal protection
  • Guidance, navigation and control
  • Propulsion
  • Hypersonic environments
  • Aerothermodynamics
  • Education
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Arizona Research Center of Hypersonics Image
Arizona Research Center of Hypersonics Image

“The University of Arizona is leading the world when it comes to university engagement with NASA and developing these programs and projects.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Administrator of NASA, speaking to the UA’s performance on large NASA missions

The Arizona Advantage

From high-speed to hypersonics, the University of Arizona is partnering with industry and government to tackle the most pressing issues of today and the needs of tomorrow. This begins with a strong investment in interdisciplinary discovery and unmatched research capabilities. University highlights include:

  • Strategic focus on hypersonics and adjacent technology
  • Classified research conducted regularly
  • $687M in research expenditures (FY 2018)
  • Deep experience with large research programs

“The capability to conduct aerodynamic testing in the hypersonics regime is a great enabler for our development programs. It will further enhance our strong partnership with the UA.”

Laura McGill, vice president of engineering, Raytheon Missile Systems