Unprecedented Ground Test Capabilities

A First-of-Its-Kind Hypersonic Ground Test Center

The creation of the world’s most advanced HGTC testing facility provides a national capability to rapidly mature the next generation of propulsion capabilities without the added risk and cost of moving straight into a flight test campaign.


NineTwelve and Purdue Research Foundation along with founding member, Rolls-Royce, are developing a Hypersonic Ground Test Center located in Discovery Park District at Purdue.


HGTC combines the best of industry, government and academia. Together, we break down the economic and technical barriers in order to accelerate hypersonic development and operations for the U.S. military’s competitive advantage and strategic stability.


Purdue offers sufficient ground test infrastructure including energy, roads, land, hangar access, and ample space uniquely positioned to create an environment conducive for repetitive testing, efficiency and innovation.


HGTC leverages existing partnerships with strategic stakeholders at the State of Indiana, the Purdue Research Foundation, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Indiana Innovation Institute.

Access to Talent

With the panorama of Purdue University right next door to HGTC, there is access top talent, technology, and research from a top ranked university.

Top Security

HGTC has a comprehensive approach to high security both inside and outside of the facility, making it 100% secure.

“Rolls-Royce is proud to be the founding member of this significant new addition to aerospace research. We credit leadership from the state of Indiana, Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation for their important vision and investment leading to the creation of the Hypersonics Ground Test Center.”

Tom Bell

Chairman and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America



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