CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida, December 1, 2023 – Starfighters Space Inc. (“Starfighters” or the “Company”), the only commercial company in the world with the capability to fly at sustained MACH 2 along with the capability to launch targeted altitude payloads, is pleased to announce it is moving ahead in its role as a subcontractor to Innoveering, a General Electric (GE) Aerospace company with participation in the Hypersonic and High-Cadence Airborne Testing Capabilities (HyCAT) initiative under the auspices of the Defense innovation Unit (DIU) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
Starfighters’ portion of the program is scheduled to kickoff on December 12, 2023, at the Space Life Sciences Lab on the Kennedy Space Center.
DIU started the HyCAT initiative in early 2023 to address the need for low-cost, high-cadence test capabilities for the hypersonic community. DIU awarded a contract to Innoveering, a GE Aerospace company, for the prototype of an affordable air-launched air-breathing hypersonic testbed. With subcontractors Specter Aerospace and Starfighters International, Innoveering will mature the design, conduct supporting modeling and simulation, and perform system integration to deliver a robust, hypersonic mission in the coming years.
Additional contractors include Hermeus Corps and NXRTAC. Hermeus brings a technical focus on turbine-based combined cycle propulsion and a pathway for dual-use, reusable hypersonic flight aircraft. NXTRAC aims to commercialize high performance, mass producible Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) solutions. Other program partners include Hypersonix and RocketLabs participation in the initial baseline test as well as Fenix Space Inc., a reusable tow-launch provider who completed integrated concept design and initial flight trajectories for the hypersonic experimental cruise platforms.
Company President & CEO Rick Svetkoff notes, “The GE Innoveering teams selected us due to our unique abilities and proven experience with high altitude supersonic payload delivery. Wind tunnel time for hypersonic research is very limited within the United States, and our fleet allows us to effectively deliver practical data results quickly and predictably.”
“It’s fantastic to work with a lean, highly focused, and innovative subsidiary of a company that has the resources of a parent company such as GE,” adds Starfighter’s Svetkoff. “Supporting these specific programs is just the start. We plan on working together as a long-term test bed with both GE and the broader hypersonic research community at large.”
This advisory includes content, excerpts, and background from a DIU update dated November 12, 2023.
ON BEHALF OF STARFIGHTERS SPACE
President, CEO and Founder
About The Defense Innovation Unit
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) strengthens national security by accelerating the adoption of commercial technology throughout the military and bolstering allied and national security innovation bases. DIU partners with organizations across the Department of Defense (DoD) to rapidly prototype and field dual-use capabilities that solve operational challenges at speed and scale. With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, Chicago and inside the Pentagon, DIU is the Department’s gateway to leading technology companies across the country. Find out more at: www.diu.mil.
About Starfighters Space
Starfighters Space Inc. is the only commercial company in the world with the capability to fly at sustained MACH 2 with the capability to launch payloads to space. Starfighters Space is an established organization committed to participating in high-demand commercial space activities. Located at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Company operates a fleet of seven supersonic F-104 jet aircraft operationally configurable to act as the first stage lifting platform to carry payloads up to 45,000 feet for air launch to space. Additional activities include support research, pilot training, space flight training, and advanced scientific efforts including hypersonic testing as part of air launch partner development programs. Starfighters Space is market-ready with minimal R&D effort and is working to position its capability to become the most cost-effective launch provider in the sector. For more information visit: https://starfightersspace.com/.
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