Pratt & Whitney to demonstrate rotating engine detonation concept

March 7, 2022
Joining Pratt on the project will be sister companies under the Raytheon Technologies group, Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Raytheon Technologies Research Center, Greg Waldron reports for FlightGlobal.

WASHINGTON - Pratt & Whitney has secured a US Air Force (USAF) contract to develop a ground test demonstration of a rotating engine detonation concept, Greg Waldron reports for FlightGlobal. Continue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

6 March 2022 - The engine is being designed to fly at higher Mach speeds which will enable and broaden future vehicle designs and applications and will be a key element of Pratt &Whitney’s high-speed engine portfolio to meet future customer requirements.

The rotating detonation engine utilizes pressure gain combustion.

“Pratt & Whitney’s GATORWORKS was able to complete initial concept development well ahead of schedule, and we will continue leveraging our digital and agile capabilities to accelerate progress on this program,” said Dave Stagney, director of GATORWORKS. “Given the need for this critical engine technology, the Raytheon Technologies team will utilize its advanced resources and expertise to meet the technical objectives in an expeditious fashion.”

“AFRL is excited to work with Pratt & Whitney to advance this novel and military relevant propulsion architecture. Pratt & Whitney has made considerable progress developing this concept to date and we look forward to successfully demonstrating this important technology in collaboration with the RTX team,” said Dr. Michael Gregg, Director, Aerospace Directorate, AFRL.

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