CENTRA Senior Technical Advisor Awarded American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics Award
“I’m very humbled by this award,” Rutledge said. “My colleagues were very nice to put my name in for this and I feel like I’m a spokesperson for the national effort. I was just in a leadership position at the right time to make that happen. This was very much a team effort.”
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“I congratulate Walt for this prestigious award that recognizes his many contributions to the study of boost-glide,” Peiffer said. “Because of his research and its defense applications, our world is safer and more secure.”
Rutledge is an expert in hypersonics, which focuses on the flight of aerospace vehicles at speeds at or greater than Mach 5. More than two decades ago, he and his colleagues at
“Through flight test demonstrations, we were able to prove that the concept of boost-glide was feasible and something that would be very valuable to the warfighter,” Rutledge said.
With more than 40 years working in aerospace technology, Rutledge served as the program manager for early boost-glide concept studies, conducted by Sandia for the
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