With a vision to create the world’s leading
hypersonic technology, Hypersonix is soaring into
the global aerospace and satellite launch markets.

To create the world’s leading sustainable hypersonic technology that fundamentally disrupts the way we fly to space and around the world.

To bring New Space best business practices to the application of green and hypersonic systems, that will disrupt the global aerospace sector and respect Earth’s atmosphere.

  • Excellence in execution
  • Customer centric focus
  • Innovation
  • Clean, green and sustainable
  • Dedicated, diverse and inclusive team
  • Going above and beyond

T4 Shock Tunnel commissioned. More than 6,000 scramjet ground tests conducted as real flight conditions.

First successful scramjet flight test. HyShot program launches the first scramjet to produce supersonic combustion.

Ground test of DLR CMC’s at scramjet combustor conditions at NASA. CMC panels undamaged after multiple 45 second tests.

First flight test of hydrogen-fuelled 3D scramjet: HIFiRE 7.

Ground test of SPARTAN scramjet engine.

First 3D printed fixed geometry scramjet in Australia.

Target first launch DART AE.

Managing Director

David Waterhouse

David Waterhouse is a C-level space sector and telecommunications industry veteran, with 30 years’ experience in senior management roles for blue chip companies in Australia, Asia and Europe.
From a governance perspective, David has more than 25 years’ experience as a Director and Officer of fully-owned subsidiary start-ups for publicly-listed companies. He has won awards for the Antarctic Station as a satellite earth station, and for the first solar powered satellite communications system in the Cook Islands.

CTO, Head of R&D

Michael Smart

A world leader in scramjet technology, Michael Smart spent 10 years as a Research Scientist at the NASA Langley Research Center: Scramjet Branch. A pioneer in scramjet engine and hypersonic vehicle design, Michael was awarded Australia’s top scholar in his field of Aviation & Aerospace Engineering in 2020. Michael is the vehicle and technology architect of DART AE, Delta Velos, Delta Velos Orbiter and the Wirraway satellite launch system — all products in the exciting rollout portfolio of Hypersonix. He was also a senior member of the HIFiRE management team, which flew seven hypersonic payloads from 2007-2017. Michael is a research field leader in aviation and aerospace engineering.

Non-Executive Director

Gary Lewis

Senior executive with 30+ years of experience in capital markets, business and strategy development. Serial entrepreneur active in the resource and food industries globally, he grew several companies, both by acquisition and originally, leveraging his background in marketing and product management for major corporations. He successfully raised capital for and listed business in Australia and Canada, and was Managing Director and Chairman of publicly listed companies for over a decade.

Non-Executive Director

Ashley Reid

Managing Director at Terra Firma Industries. Extensive experience in emerging markets, specialising in telecommunications and oil industries.

Hypersonix is Australia’s leading aerospace engineering, design and build company, specialising in hypersonic technology and scramjet engines. Our scramjet engines and hypersonic vehicles are designed and engineered to disrupt the global market with New Space best practices. Hypersonix is leading the world in green scramjet engines and hypersonic aerospace design and engineering.
Hypersonix’s technology has global applications across the aerospace sector. Fifty thousand small satellites are projected to launch by 2030, with an estimated market worth $19 billion. Rapid growth in the hypersonic technology market predicts a surge from $5.41billion to $12.91billion* by 2031. *BIS Research Global Hypersonic Technology Market Report 2021.
While there are currently over 100 small launch vehicle companies in development internationally, few use green hydrogen as fuel, and none use scramjet technology for small satellite launches. Hypersonix’s “plug-n-play” approach leverages the best available launch provider for the particular Hypersonix mission profile. This reduces technology risk and time to market, locking in a lower cost structure.

    Space Industry Association of Australia

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Engineers Australia

    British Australian Chamber of Commerce

    German Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, AHK (Australische Handelskammer)

    2022 Australian Defence Industry Awards:

    • Aerospace Business of the Year

    2022 AmCham Alliance:

    • AmCham space award

    2022 Endeavour Awards:

    • Technology Application of the Year
    • Manufacturer of the Year

    2021 Australian Space Awards Finalist

    • Engineer of the Year
    • Executive of the Year
    • Innovator of the Year – Company
    • Innovator of the Year – Individual
    • Start-up of the Year

    2021 InnovationAus Finalist

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