Frequently Asked Questions
HyperSciences researches and explores the application of hypersonic technology (velocities greater than 5 times the speed of sound) in several areas including, but not limited to, drilling, mining, tunneling, aerospace, and clean energy.
HyperSciences licensed its core Ram Accelerator technology from the University of Washington, where it was originally invented. Now years later, and 30 patents later, HyperSciences has developed the most advanced Ram Accelerator in the world.
A ram accelerator accelerates projectiles, using jet-engine-like propulsion cycles based on ramjet or scramjet combustion processes.
The HyperCore engine is at the heart of everything HyperSciences does. The proprietary launch system, based upon a "Ram Accelerator", utilizes low-cost chemical energy to accelerate projectiles to extreme velocities. Its precision and speed are the results of pairing machine learning, laser guidance, and robotics with an incredibly advanced hypersonic accelerator.
No, but it’s an easy analogy to make.
Let’s talk about rail guns first. HyperSciences’ Ram Accelerator can achieve rail gun velocities without the barrel breakdown they experience. The HyperSciences’ system is much smaller and chemical-based so we can achieve faster repetition (seconds not minutes). Also, you don’t need a giant power source like a naval reactor to get it prepared for launch.
Now talking about guns. This is not a gun, a gun uses expanding gases that push a projectile forward, they are limited by speed.
We are a ram accelerator (very similar to a RAM/SCAM jet). We set up a pressure wave and ride on it like a surfer riding a surfboard. A gun has single combustion, a ram accelerator can have multiple stages to go faster and faster (much like a RAM/ SCRAM jet). This is a very advanced tech that was proven out at the University of Washington and expanded/commercialized by HyperSciences.
At present, HyperSciences has 51 patents at various stages (national & international) with 20 utility patents issued or allowed.
We also have some exclusive rights for the baffle tube ram accelerator developed by the University of Washington.
HyperSciences doesn’t plan to turn our accelerator into a weapon. With just the industries we’re currently serving, we have an addressable market of $100B that will allow us to focus on innovating for the benefit of mankind.
HyperSciences is not an orbital space company, but we’ll provide our equipment to orbital suppliers as a first-stage rocket replacement. Although we expect the aerospace division to bring in significant revenue, our primary focus in the short term related to aerospace will be hypersonic research.
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Each shot from the Ram Accelerator removes around 2x the diameter in-depth, this allows us to remove material a little at a time, similar to an inkjet printer creating an image on a piece of paper. We use LIDAR to target the best spot to shoot each time based on the previous LIDAR imaging. Additionally, we use a technology that is similar to forward-looking sonar. Each impact creates a very specific acoustic signature that we analyze to determine what the upcoming rock looks like. This allows us to tune the impact velocity, the size of the projectile, or location of each shot to achieve our goal and ensure tunnel bore integrity.
Crowdfunding allowed us to accelerate HyperSciences' ability to conduct the key product demonstrations required to secure larger contracts and investments.
Additionally, crowdfunding was the first step for HyperSciences to start going towards being a public company with regular updates required by the SEC and yearly audits made available through the SEC EDGAR website.
We have partnered with Shell, NASA, an undisclosed mining company with global operations, and an undisclosed energy company with global operations. As we are able to make announcements, we will update these sections and our website.
Approximately $13M between Angel investors, VCs, and Regulation A investors.
The projectiles are reasonably dense, but not typically metallic (although we can use aluminum or steel as well). They’re actually made of erodible materials like concrete or plastic. These projectiles travel at such an extreme velocity that they — and the rock they strike — are pulverized. Both the projectile and the rock fragments simply become part of the drill cuttings, which are swept away.