The Next Generation of Supersonic Aircraft

15 January 2018

Manchester Branch


An overview of past and present efforts will be provided supported by examples and case studies. Some of the design challenges associated with high-speed transports will be discussed in relation to ground-testing, modelling & simulation and flight testing efforts. The lecture will also look into the future, bridging earthbound travel to space and planetary exploration.

Car parking is free after 1900, there is no entrance fee for RAeS members & guests, and of course All Are Welcome.

Speaker Details

Professor Kostas Kontis FRAeS

Professor Kontis is the Sir Henry Mechan Chair of Engineering, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, and Head of the Aerospace Sciences Division at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has been a visiting professor for a number of organisations worldwide. He is a member of a number of committees and working groups, where he contributes to European, UK, and US Aeronautics and Space Strategy (e.g. AIAA Board Trustees, EASN Board of Directors, ADS-Scotland Council, ADMS-ILG, NATEP RAP-Scotland). He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK, and a Fellow of AIAA, USA. Other professional qualifications include EurIng and CEng.

Research field of expertise: aerospace engineering (aerodynamics, shock physics, wind tunnel testing, flow control, flow diagnostics, aerospace vehicle design).


Manchester Branch

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