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.
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.
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