Hypersonics, Lasers and Electromagnetics Theme at the AF S&T 2030
Forum Hosted by The Texas A&M University System
The main goal of this theme of the forum is to explore opportunities for advancing capabilities that support the Air Force aeronautics enterprise in 2035. Specifically, this theme focuses on rapid impact technologies and the issues surrounding the implementation and effectiveness of those technologies. These include high speed platforms, defensive and offensive laser and electromagnetic systems, autonomy, quantum concepts and the examination of how to keep humans “in the loop” while preserving effectiveness.
The discussions will seek to identify research opportunities and technology limitations that need to be addressed by the Air Force.
Some questions to consider as participants prepare are included below. These questions are meant to inform your preparations, and should not to be considered constraints. We welcome any thoughts relevant to the main goal of this forum.
Possible topics for discussion:
- How robust is hypersonics for future scenarios?
- Are manned flight platforms passé? Are they too expensive for practical consideration?
- Will lasers dictate the future of air combat?
- Can lasers and electromagnetics significantly change the cost to impact ratio?
- What more can active and passive sensor technologies contribute?
- Can air plasmas revolutionize platform capability?
- What new electromagnetic/radar capabilities are enabled by plasma technologies?
- What technologies integrated together provide revolutionary capabilities?
- Will quantum based navigation systems replace GPS?
- What can quantum concepts contribute?
- What technologies are required for high speed autonomous platforms to perform reliably?
- How do humans remain “in the loop” while preserving the effectiveness of these technologies?