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darpa_glider_thermalThe Fundamentals of Hypersonics (FOH) short course provides a comprehensive training experience in the basic principles, technologies and methodologies in the multi-disciplined realm of hypersonic flight.

Key technical topics covered in this course include: hypersonic aerodynamics, hypersonic flow physics, high temperature gas dynamics, aerodynamic heating, plasma effects, aeroacoustics, and flight vehicle force and moment characteristics.  However, course material extends beyond basic hypersonics, covering a myriad of other multi-disciplinary topics that are intimately related to hypersonic flight, including: airbreathing propulsion systems, thermal protection systems, aerothermoelastic black_brant_XXIeffects, planetary entry, stage separation and atmospheric models.

Participants will acquire a sound understanding of hypersonic aerophysics and the effects of the hypersonic flight environment on vehicle loads and performance, including a consideration of both continuum flow and rarefied flow aerodynamic effects. They will understand the basics of hypersonic air breathing propulsion and the importance of having an accurate aero-propulsion force accounting system. Finally, participants will come to appreciate the extensive and impressive history of hypersonic flight and its influence on both current day and projected hypersonic programs.


  • Hypersonic Gas Dynamics
  • Aerodynamic Heating
  • Aeroacoustic Effects
  • Plasma Effects
  • Airbreathing Propulsion
  • Continuum Flow Aerodynamics
  • Transitional Flow Aerodynamics
  • Rarefied Flow Aerodynamics
  • Equilibrium Effects
  • Non-Equilibrium Effects
  • Viscous Interactions
  • Thermal Protection Systems
  • Hypersonic Vehicle Design
  • Waverider Aerodynamics
  • Planetary Entry Vehicles
  • Atmospheric Models
  • Jet Interaction Effects
  • Force Accounting Systems
  • Aerothermoelasticity
  • Stage Separation
  • Rail Gun Technology
  • Historical Flight Programs

falcon 1The Fundamentals of Hypersonics (FOH) short course is an intensive 4-day training program that provides a maximum training experience to aerospace professionals with minimum time away from work.

Fundamentals of Hypersonics Module Overview

  1. Hypersonic Gas Dynamics: Gas models, temperature effects, chemical reactions, continuum flow, free molecule flow.
  2. Hypersonic Aerodynamics: Newtonian theory, pressure methods, skin friction methods, lift and drag, rarefied flows.
  3. Hypersonic Aerothermodynamics: Stagnation heating, heat transfer modes, body shape effects, thermal protection, plasma.
  4. Aeroacoustic Phenomena: Flowfield effects, body shape effects, sound pressure level, probability density function.
  5. Sonic Boom Overpressure: Shock wave strength, overpressure prediction methods, Mach-altitude and shape effects.
  6. Stage Separation: Staging method, staging loads, aerodynamics, stored elastic energy, nozzle side load effects.
  7. Air-Breathing Propulsion: Turbojets, ramjets, scramjets, energy food chain, hypersonic cruiser, transatmospheric vehicles.
  8. Planetary Entry: Ballistic entry, lifting entry, entry corridor, entry vehicles, planetary atmospheres.
  9. Hypersonic Vehicle Design: Lifting vehicles, conical bodies, wedge waverider, stability and control, vehicle aerothermoelasticity.
  10. Waverider Aerodynamics: Wedge waverider, conical waverider, lift-to-drag ratio, aero-gravity assist maneuver.
  11. Jet Interaction Effects: Flow phenomenology, amplification factors, key parameters, similitude factors, aero modeling.
  12. Aerospike Aerodynamics: Aerospike flowfield, drag and heating reduction, design factors, unsteady pressure effects.


This course is best suited for individuals with academic or professional experience in aerodynamics and gas dynamics.

General Requirements

  • 1st Year College Calculus
  • 1st Year College Physics
  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Basic Compressible Flow

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J. Terry White Curriculum Vitae

J. Terry White is president and CEO of White Eagle Aerospace. His desire to share the joy of flight, combined with his passion for teaching and his love of all things aerospace, culminated in the formation of the company.

Terry’s over 45 years of professional aerospace experience includes the NASA Space Shuttle Program, NASA X-43A Flight Project, the United States Navy STANDARD Missile Program and numerous proprietary consulting projects. During his extensive career, he has served on the engineering technical staff of Rockwell International, General Dynamics Corporation, Hughes Missile Systems Company, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and Raytheon Missile Systems. His professional affiliations include the AIAA, SFTE, ITEA, NAA, SAE, AAHS, FTHF, and NSS.

In 2009, Terry completed his industrial career as manager of the Aerodynamics Department in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Center at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aerodynamics work performed at the world’s largest tactical missile producer. He concluded his work with Raytheon in 2010 as an Engineering Senior Fellow in Aerodynamics.

Terry has authored more than 180 technical papers on a wide variety of aeroscience and aerospace subjects. His teaching credentials include 15 years as an instructor in the Aerospace Engineering Department of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 10 years as an instructor in the professional development program at Raytheon and 7 years developing and teaching courses at White Eagle Aerospace. Those who have taken his courses say that he brings an uncommon passion and extensive technical knowledge to the training environment.

Terry is particularly well-known for his inspiring aerospace history presentations, which are intense, technically relevant reviews of historically significant events in United States aerospace history. He has lectured extensively on aerospace history topics at the USAF Test Pilot School, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, academia and industry. He also serves as a motivational keynote speaker for aerospace conferences, business functions, commemorative events, public service organizations, special interest groups and private business.

Terry and his wife Phyllis reside in Oro Valley, Arizona. They are the happy parents of five remarkable children.

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