Rocket Lab USA has recently solidified its collaboration with the US Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) in a significant stride towards advancing hypersonic technology for national security applications.

The partnership, marked by a launch services agreement, centers around the Hypersonic Accelerator Suborbital Test Electron (HASTE) mission, a pivotal endeavor in exploring and developing hypersonic capabilities.

Overview of the HASTE Mission

Rocket Lab’s HASTE mission aims to deploy a suborbital payload, known as DART AE, developed by the Australian company Hypersonix.

DART AE, a scramjet-powered hypersonic vehicle, is engineered for non-ballistic flight patterns and can achieve speeds of up to Mach 7, roughly 8,350 kilometers or 5,320 miles per hour.