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X-51A Waverider gets first ride

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posted on Dec, 16 2009 @ 07:56 AM
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The X-51A Waverider underwent its first ride on an Air Force Test Center B-52Hon Dec 11th. The test flight was to verify telemetry and flight characteristics of the B-52 with the X-51 attached. Another test flight will occur next month, with the first release and flight of the Waverider occuring in approximately two months.




posted on Dec, 16 2009 @ 10:40 AM
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External image of the Boeing X-51 Waverider.

Artist impression, if someone has a real image, please post.

www.boeing.com...


[edit on 16-12-2009 by Phoebus]



posted on Dec, 16 2009 @ 11:43 AM
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The best I can do is a pic of the BUFF taking off with it. www.af.mil has it.



posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 03:46 AM
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best i could find.













*edited to add more pics*


[edit on 17-12-2009 by freakyclown]

[edit on 17-12-2009 by freakyclown]



posted on Dec, 19 2009 @ 06:31 PM
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I'm anxious to see it fly, Hopefully all goes well.

scram jet becoming common place is long overdue.



posted on Dec, 19 2009 @ 06:50 PM
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Now this kind of # gets me far more excited than all the crappy UFO videos in the world. Human ingenuity, pushing the boundaries of what we can do.



posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 01:42 PM
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NICE very very nice
what fuel does it use?what is the projected top speed +MACH6??
any plans for a bigger manned craft or is it just a scram-jet test platform?



posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 04:04 PM
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The X-51A is a scramjet test platform. This is the next logical step in development, carrying forward from the data collected with the X-43A. The current configuration could be scaled up for future access-to-space vehicle development, or it could simply be weaponized as a hypersonic cruise missile. Guess which idea is more affordable and has more practical applications.



posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 04:12 PM
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now bare with me here, what about using it to launch a SUPER
HYPERSONIC missile from the actual hypersonic platform? would
that be feasible maybe a kinetic weapon?

the space application sounds promising though its about time the
shuttle got a little helper.



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