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The Australian Department of Defence has announced the successful launch of a hypersonic aircraft called Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) 5B at the Woomera Test range. According to a statement, the craft reached a velocity of Mach 7.5 (5,710 mph, 9,188 km/h) and an altitude of 278 km (173 mi) as part of an Australian-United States program to study fundamental technologies needed to travel over five times the speed of sound.
Professor Michael Smart from UQ’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering said the flight placed the Australian aerospace industry on the international stage.
“UQ is pleased to be part of a group of highly skilled individuals doing cutting edge research,” he said.
"We’re excited by the contributions this and future HIFiRE flights will make to the advancement of hypersonic flight technology.”
HiFiRE 5B is one of 10 experimental flights as part of the international collaboration which investigates the physical phenomenon of flying faster than five times the speed of sound.
“The knowledge gained from these experiments will be applied to develop future flight vehicles and testing of advanced air-breathing hypersonic propulsion engines, known as scramjets,” Professor Smart said.
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: anzha
Since when do we call a rocket an "aircraft?"
What is new about this business? What totally new technology is involved that has not been on the books for decades?