What is hypersonic flight, and why should people be excited about it?
Imagine a day when you could travel from coast to coast in less than an hour!
Such travel could become a reality with hypersonic flight — five times or more faster than the speed of sound. The Need for Speed Hypersonic Video Contest is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists who can create and sustain hypersonic technologies of the future.
The contest has two categories based on age group and academic enrollment. Students at each level are invited to use their creativity and imagination to produce two-minute videos answering one of these questions:
- High school students: How do you think hypersonic flight could help humanity in the future?
- College undergraduate students: What is one big challenge preventing hypersonic flight from becoming an everyday reality, and how could you envision solving it?
First prize in each category will win $1,000! Second place in each category will earn $450, third-place videos will get $200, and peoples' choice award-winners will receive $100.
Universities and governmental agencies want to encourage high school and college students to consider exciting careers in hypersonics because a large number of engineers and scientists, with a wide range of expertise, talents and skills, will be needed to develop capabilities of the future, including:
- Using hypersonic aircraft in the Earth’s atmosphere.
- Using humans as pilots in hypersonic aircraft.
- Manned interstellar space missions like travel to Mars and other planets.
A coalition of universities - University of Virginia, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Purdue University and Missouri University of Science and Technology - is working to attract high school and college students to work in fields related to hypersonics so these technologies can become a reality.
On behalf of the coalition, the Need for Speed Hypersonic Video Contest is hosted by the University of Virginia School of Engineering and is supported through funding from the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office within the U.S. Department of Defense.