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Texas A&M and Lockheed Martin link up on hypersonics

By David Schwartz
Published: May 4th, 2021

Texas A&M University is putting itself at the forefront of hypersonic research. The university’s experiment station is working with Lockheed Martin Corporation under a “preferred partner agreement” that touches on many fields, including hypersonics, cyber and directed energy, and autonomy. 

The preferred partner agreement is a big win for Texas A&M. “Lockheed Martin has only done this with a handful of universities across the country. It opens up avenues for sponsored research between Lockheed Martin and TAMU,” noted Dr. Joe Elabd, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. “Lockheed Martin is the number one company for national defense worldwide and hypersonics is probably one of their top priorities to make fighter jets for the military.”

The collaboration will focus on building more research facilities across the university to advance the research and apply it quickly in the company’s products.

The initial agreement is for five years, but Elabd said it can be renewed. “There’s still so much to learn in hypersonics research, not just for a national defense but also for space [and] space exploration,” he said.

Elabd predicted that as the facilities and research efforts continue to grow across the university, the school will gain more investments and sponsorships as well.

Source: KAGS

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