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New Aircraft Speed Record

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posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 06:33 PM
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On 6/20/2005 Guinness recognized NASA X-43A as the new (white) record holder. The X-43A offically hold the speed record at Mach 9.6. The X-43A is a hypersonic scramjet-powered research aircraft designed to fly at speeds up to Mach 10 per NASA.

What do you believe holds the unofficial (black) aircraft speed record?




posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 06:38 PM
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Official data does not included "Black Projects." As such:
"Unoffical" would likely be the Aurora.
"Officially" would be the SR-71 Blackbird or X-15.






seekerof

[edit on 27-6-2005 by Seekerof]



posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 08:12 PM
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Originally posted by Seekerof
Official data does not included "Black Projects." As such:
"Unoffical" would likely be the Aurora.
"Officially" would be the SR-71 Blackbird or X-15.






seekerof


[edit on 27-6-2005 by Seekerof]



The new official 'white' record holder is the X-43A with a speed of Mach 9.6.

I assume the unofficial 'black' record to be the Aurora. What is the estimate speed of the Aurora?



posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 08:22 PM
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Your correct, Silent Professional....typo implying 'previous' "Official."


As to this:


What is the estimate speed of the Aurora?


This might help:


If the Aurora is equipped with either pulse-detonation or scramjets, as has been speculated....this aircraft could reach cruise speeds of roughly Mach 5 to Mach 8....

Fastest Aircraft in the World


Non-confirmed speculation is that it may well exceed Mach 9.5+.

Also:
How do Aurora Pilots stay alive?






seekerof

[edit on 27-6-2005 by Seekerof]



posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 04:45 AM
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I always assumed (wrongly it seems) that a pilot needed to be present in order to set a speed record, oh hum.



posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 06:01 AM
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If you don't want to be picky, I believe that the space shuttle (and Buran) re-enters the atmosphere at around mach 23+ . It's about as autonomous as the X-43A. (booster on the X-43 vs booster on the Space shuttle.)

[edit on 6/28/2005 by soulforge]



posted on Jun, 28 2005 @ 06:58 AM
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Unofficially, I dont know, I'd have to say some sort of single stage surface to orbit space plane, possibly the aurora.



posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 12:40 AM
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There has to be a distinction and categories manned, unmanned, and do rockets or satellites count? Those things in space are going way faster than anything here on earth.


[edit on 1-7-2005 by WestPoint23]



posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 12:45 AM
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[edit on 1-7-2005 by WestPoint23]



posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 01:55 AM
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Ni idea mate... But thanks for the white...







 
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