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“Hypersonic flight: from 100.000 to 400.000 ft” Symposium

Rome, Italy, 30 June-1 July 2014

Progress in mastering the open space, concentrated on overcoming the barrier of the earth gravitational force as well as on the delicate phase of re-entering the atmosphere, has not reduced the relevance of that sector of space straddling the Karman line (100 km above m.s.l.) ideally separating the earth atmosphere from extra-atmospheric space or, in a functional perspective, aeronautics from astronautics.

Technological progress allowing a further significant shrinkage of distances, i.e. traveling from Rome to Tokyo in two and a half hours, seems to be at hand on the condition of being able to use that part of airspace. An ambitious challenge, but not impossible to win, requiring an effort of adaptation, adequate resources and a very promising research activity (sustained hypersonic speed, heat resistant materials, aerobic or mixed propulsion systems, etc.).  

The CESMA (Center for Aeronautical Military Studies) of the Italian Air Force Association, also in view of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, intends to aggregate Public Institutions, Universities, Research Centers and Industries, including Small and Medium size Industries (PMI), in a two day meeting. The aim is to have a stock-taking of the latest developments in the field of hypersonic flight and an open discussion among all concerned stakeholders leading to the identification of possible synergies as well as innovative forms of national, European as well as international cooperation promoting progress in the practical application of enabling technologies both in favor of current activities in space as well as of the orderly and shared utilization of that sector of the sub-orbital space.  

The Italian Space Agency will host the symposium.