For over four decades, NASA Langley has conducted a wide spectrum of experimental supersonic combustion research related to hypersonic air-breathing propulsion. The Supersonic Combustion Ramjet (Scramjet) Test Complex is a leading-edge ground test capability comprised of several distinct facilities. The complex includes a direct-connect combustor test facility, two small-scale complete engine test facilities, the Mach 4 Blow-Down Facility, and the 8-Foot High Temperature Tunnel, a large-scale complete engine test facility.
Langley has provided significant technological advantages in various research applications in the government and military sectors as well as private industry. Progressive research has resulted in the optimization of scramjet combustor design methodologies, ground test techniques, and data analysis procedures.
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