A hypersonic boost for SI2 Technologies, UMass Lowell
BILLERICA — It’s hard for many to grasp the concept of hypersonic speeds.
Hypersonic is when speeds get to Mach 5 — more than five times the speed of sound.
Billerica’s SI2 Technologies, Inc. and UMass Lowell are about to learn all about hypersonic applications, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative.
Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash announced the grant at SI2 Technologies on Thursday, before touring the Boston Road facility with company president and CEO Joseph Kunze, along with UMass Lowell faculty and other officials.
“Together, between companies and universities, we’re able to make further investments that are making a difference,” Ash said Thursday.
He emphasized that manufacturing is growing throughout the state, and that these grants are critical to this growth.