Laser Focused Episode 10 – The Future of Hypersonic Flight

by | Aug 25, 2022 | Podcast

We have another great episode of the Laser Focused podcast lined up for you! In episode 10, The Future of Hypersonic Flight, I’m joined by AJ Piplica, president, founder, and CEO of Hermeus.

Hermeus is an Atlanta-based startup whose mission is to radically accelerate air travel by developing Mach 5 aircraft. That’s five times the speed of sound and more than twice the speed of the supersonic Concorde. With Mach 5 aircraft, passengers would be able to cross the Atlantic in just 90 minutes.

On this week’s episode, I chat with AJ about his company’s mission to connect people faster and bring much needed innovation to commercial flight.

I ask AJ about the design of Hermeus’ revolutionary Chimera engine. A hybrid, full-scale turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) engine that will power the company’s first aircraft, Quarterhorse, to 90,000+ feet and speeds exceeding 3,000 mph.

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He also shared his views on the importance of investing in marketing and the art of storytelling. AJ talks about why it’s so critical for startups to tell their story well; not just from an investment point of view but to help better engage with customers and recruit top talent.

We also talk about the role of additive manufacturing (AM) including how he evaluates current AM technology and how the technology has impacted the work that he’s doing.

For example, AJ recalls some of the very first engines he worked on and how AM was a huge enabler to not only secure funding but iterate and go from design to real-world testing quickly and efficiently.

AJ also shares his predictions for the future of additive and how he sees the technology evolving over time to include larger build volumes and faster print times.

So, sit down, strap in, and get ready for another fun and inspiring episode of Laser Focused.

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Laser Focused can be found on all the major streaming apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Learn more about Laser Focused by visiting velo3d.com/resources/#podcast.

Laser Focused can be found on all the major streaming apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. Learn more about Laser Focused by visiting velo3d.com/resources/#podcast.

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Renette Youssef

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Renette Youssef is the Chief Marketing Officer at Velo3D and joined in October 2020. She is responsible for all aspects of Velo3D's marketing efforts including strategy, customer communication, demand generation, product marketing and corporate communication. Renette has managed marketing organizations in Australia, Europe, and Silicon Valley.