Why is aerospace propulsion important?
Cutting-edge aerospace propulsion research drives the development of next-generation air and space vehicles. Researchers seek to continuously expand the operational envelope of these vehicles to higher temperature and pressure conditions, which translates to higher speeds, power efficiency, and broader vehicle capabilities. In this area, the Hanson Research Group focuses on applying leading edge diagnostics to prototype propulsion systems and characterizing novel aviation fuels. These efforts provide critical insights for accelerating the development of the next generation of propulsion systems.