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High Speed Systems and Responsive Space Access

  • Start date: 20 February 2019 09:30 AM
  • End date: 20 February 2019 10:30 AM
  • Venue: Ngunnawal Theatre, Russell Offices

Please note: This seminar is cancelled to de-conflict with the Avalon 2019 and Airshow 2019 and will be recheduled for a later date.


DST Group and the US Air Force Research Laboratory have been collaborating on the “Advanced Tactical Booster Technologies Program”, since 2012. This collaborative program has developed, innovated and matured several technologies of critical importance to the realisation of future air-launched high performance systems. Recent flight experiments, such as the NASA X-43 and the Boeing X-51 have focused on the air launched insertion of a payload to high altitude at very high speeds. In both experiments, the solid rocket booster represented approximately two thirds of the total vehicle mass, constraining the size of the payloads, and necessitating launches from large B-52 aircraft. Consequently, research effort to reduce the motor mass and increase the propellant energy will significantly enhance future capabilities, including the recent announcements for the US Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) and Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW).

New developments in advanced manufacturing of rocket propellants, structural materials, machine learning, and design optimisation are all leading to new innovations in rocket science to realise benefits for military and non-military uses in air and space power applications.

Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart is a Chemical Engineer who has worked at DST Group for 16 years and has also spent time in the private engineering sector working in the area of combustion sciences. 

At DST Group the focus of Andrew’s work has been in the propulsion sciences, specifically rocket and gun propellant development and characterisation.  He has spent a large portion of his time at DST supporting Defence Acquisition Projects in both a scientific and managerial context, and has also played a central role in a range of emerging weapon technology programs. 

Andrew is currently the Acting Group Leader for the Missile and Space Propulsion Science and Technology Capability area at DST Group.