What makes Hypersonix, a four-year-old company, unique enough that it beat out so many competitors?
Its Hypersonix scramjet engine can be 3D printed using the extremely hard alloy known as Inconel, with some more exotic coatings for the vehicle’s exposed edges. It uses a mechanically simpler hydrogen system for thrust of its engine, which gives it variable speed control and huge range — a claimed range more than 1,000 kilometers on one kilo of hydrogen. And the complete DART AE system, which has no moving parts, is designed to be reusable.
Hypersonix co-founder David Waterhouse told Breaking Defense a year ago that the company had “actually 3D printed a working [hydrogen] scramjet engine,” which may well have appealed to DIU.
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