Technical topics

High-Speed Missions and Vehicles


Planned and ongoing national and international high-speed vehicle programs and missions

Advanced launch vehicle concepts and hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicle concepts including commercial space tourism, intercontinental transport and (re)-entry

Design, development and manufacturing of related technologies and components, both for reusable and expendable applications

Overall system performance & optimization

Design methodologies and engineering models

Propulsion Systems and Components

 Including rocket, ramjet, dual mode ramjet, scramjet, rocket and turbine combined cycles, detonation engines, electric propulsion and other advanced propulsion systems addressing:

Advanced cycles & concepts including plasma assisted combustion techniques covering full Mach range with application to hypersonic regimes

System & component performance, development & manufacturing: inlets, isolators, combustors, injectors, ignition, flameholding, nozzles…

Combustion and mixing processes incl. ignition, flame-out, instabilities…

Airframe interaction and integration

Conventional, cryogenic & alternative fuels, additives, catalysis

Propulsion and fuel (sub)systems: feed-lines, pumps, tanks….

Advanced computational techniques, CFD & engineering models

Thermal, Energy and Management Systems for vehicle, subsystems, and payload, including sources, conversion and distribution systems addressing:


Thermal protection, heat exchangers, cooling, coating & ablative systems

Active and Passive systems

System & component performance, development & manufacturing

On-board power generation and environmental control

Design methodologies, engineering models and advanced computational techniques

Guidance & Control Systems

 Including flight mechanics, guidance, navigation, routing, trajectory optimization, operations research, sensors, actuators, controllers and algorithms, and health monitoring addressing:

Flight control and trajectory optimization techniques

Health monitoring and management, fault detection isolation and recovery, health and usage monitoring systems

System & component performance, development & manufacturing

Advanced computational techniques, CFD & engineering models

Materials and Structures

for vehicle and all subsystems covering:

Metallic & non-metallic materials for hot and cooled structures and thermal protection systems

Active/functional materials

Hot, cold and integrated structural architectures incl. conformal layouts

Quality control, damage tolerance, structural health monitoring and survivability

Materials manufacturing and processing

Advanced modelling & computational techniques

High-Speed Aerodynamics and Aerothermodynamics

 with application to hypersonic regimes covering full Mach range from take-off, cruise and (re)-entry including:

Numerical and experimental studies including aero-thermodynamics, stability-transition-turbulence, MHD, gas physics and chemistry, radiation physics, destructive re-entry

Numerical and experimental thermal studies incl. passive and active heat transfer, regenerative, transpiration, ablation, pyrolysis, endothermic decomposition…

Advanced modelling & computational techniques: development and validation

Multi-disciplinary techniques and models: fluid-structure interaction, conjugate heat transfer, CFD/flexible and rigid body dynamics…

Testing & Evaluation


Ground and in-flight test facilities, flight test operations and simulations

Diagnostics and data systems

Scale limitations and facility effects

Validation and verification

Facility modelling & simulation

Operation and Environment


Economic and market analysis incl. cost modelling

Regulatory, certification, operation, maintenance, health & safety issues: on-ground and in-flight

Environmental effects including sonic boom, noise and emissions

Infrastructure and traffic management

Hypersonic Fundamentals and History including:

with application to hypersonic regimes addressing:

Theoretical and analytical studies including aero-thermodynamics, stability-transition-turbulence, SWBLI, MHD, gas physics and chemistry, radiation physics, fluid-structure interaction and destructive re-entry

Theoretical and analytical thermal studies incl. passive and active heat transfer, regenerative, transpiration, ablation, endothermic decomposition…

Basic materials science for high temperature and aggressive environment, life-time predictions…

Historical aspects, analyses and assessments and lessons learned

Educational initiatives and workforce development activities

Selected papers at the conference shall be promoted for publication in the CEAS Aeronautical and/or Space Journal