Dr. Griff Corpening earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1977 and 1984, respectively. He continued his education at the University of Maryland, earning a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 1988. Dr. Corpening worked on scramjets at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from 1987-1991. Since 1991, he has worked on a variety of hypersonic flight test programs at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA. Dr. Corpening has been the Chief Engineer for flights 1 & 2 of the X-43A.
X-43A -- The First Flight of a Scramjet Powered Airplane
NASA's X-43A project was established to fly two Mach 7 and one Mach 10 scramjet powered, hypersonic airplanes. Griff Corpening, the X-43A Chief Engineer, will talk about the first failed flight two and a half years ago, the subsequent return to flight efforts, and the successful second flight of March 27th, 2004.