Addressing Emerging Propulsion Requirements with the Air-Turbo Rocket

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7 pm at Huntsville-Madison County Main Public Library Main Auditorium, with Matthew Thomas, Chief Engineer at CFD Research.

Join HAL5 as we welcome Matthew Thomas, who will share his insight on propulsion technology. Ongoing research and development has shown the Air-Turbo-Rocket (ATR) possesses numerous attributes capable of meeting emerging propulsion requirements associated with increased missile range, improved missile defense, low cost small satellite launch and others. As a result of its maximum air-breathing specific thrust and Isp, inherent fly-back capability and potential propellant commonality with upper stage boosters, the ATR is also capable of supporting low recurring launch costs as well as new launch operation paradigms. An optimally configured ATR engine and recent test results will be presented as well as numerous promising missions. Additional time will be allotted for questions and answers.

About Matthew Thomas

BSME/MSME - Arizona State University 1977/1984
1977-1988 - Honeywell
1989-1992 - Aerojet
1992-Present - CFD Research

Mr. Thomas has over 42 years of experience in the research, development, test and evaluation of air-breathing and rocket based propulsion engine components, systems and vehicle installations. This includes over ten operational military and commercial aircraft and/or weapon systems.

The event is free and open to the public. A social will be held after the meeting.

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