UVa Research Developing Jet Engine for Space Travel

The project is called Hy-V, pronounced "high-five," and will test the operation of a scramjet engine, a jet engine that uses supersonic air compression, some fuel and a spark to create speeds up to Mach 10 without the need for an external fuel tank.

UVa and other students began working on the project last spring, with students designing the experiment in conjunction with NASA and private industry engineers.

"The students get to work on a real-world project side by side with professionals and that's experience that is invaluable. They're involved in all the aspects, from launch and testing to recovery. They have to design the experiment, including how to slow down the object so it can be recovered in the ocean," Goyne said.

"Most of the students involved in the program will be able to see it through and we hope to include those who graduate before the launch," Goyne said. "Three years for a five-minute flight might seem like a long time, but in research it really isn't."

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