Nickel-based 4195-01 flush air data probes suitable for supersonic and hypersonic airflows. 4376-01 angle of attack sensor with optimized mass and strength characteristics for Mach 5+ flight.
Nickel-based 4195-01 flush air data probes suitable for supersonic and hypersonic airflows (high-resolution graphic). 4376-01 angle of attack sensor with optimized mass and strength characteristics for Mach 5+ flight (high-resolution graphic).

Air Data Probes and Sensors for Hypersonic Applications

High-temperature and high-strength materials ensure operation in demanding environment.

PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA USA -- Hypersonic air vehicles now have off-the-shelf air data probes and sensors available. Engineers and avionics designers now have a suite of hypersonic-capable air data products:

The products are constructed of nickel, Inconel, titanium, and stainless steel to meet the 1500+ degree F (816+ degree C) high-temperature, high-strength requirements of Mach 5+ flight. The flush air data probes are heated to support de-icing at initial launch speeds.

Components of the air data suite have been or will soon be in use on research, space exploration, and military programs to include:

The air data suite or its components are suitable for:

"We were initially reluctant to enter the hypersonic air data probe market as it was perceived to be a small, niche market segment.", stated Tom Anderson III, CEO. "But, a customer was persuasive in getting us to join their hypersonic program. It is ironic that SpaceAge Control is now the market leader in this resurgent market which has ever-increasing importance to the future of aviation."

The initial angle of sideslip sensor product resulted in the development of an air data suite capable of sensing the entire range of air data parameters.

Established in 1968, SpaceAge Control is an ISO9001:2000/AS9100B-compliant company leading the air data and displacement sensing industries with stock and engineered-to-order products. Located in Palmdale, California USA near Edwards AFB, the Skunk Works, and Mojave-based Scaled Composites, SpaceAge Control's high-precision and durable products are used by over 200 companies spanning the globe including aircraft manufacturers, racing teams, vehicle manufacturers, and motion control-oriented OEMs.

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