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The Los Angeles Times reports Friday that a video shows the unmanned X-51 WaveRider crashing after it was successfully dropped by a B-52 bomber that had taken off Monday from Edwards Air Force Base.
You mean launching off a B-52? The only problem I see with that is, the B-52 isn't all that fast, is it? I thought the whole idea of the hypersonic plane was to get where you're going fast, not be slowed down by a B-52, unless you're talking about just using the B-52 as a means to get it off the ground.
Originally posted by whyamIhere
I also find the way they delivered this vehicle to be the future.
What pilot? The OP says it was unmanned so if there was a pilot he was just operating a remote controlled joystick somewhere.
Originally posted by chepye
poor pilot . .>.<
Originally posted by Arbitrageur Whatever mechanism they've been using to eject the solid rocket boosters from the space shuttle seems pretty reliable.
Actually even that O-ring seemed to work pretty well and probably wouldn't have taken down challenger had they not launched in near freezing temperatures where most engineers know that the material that makes up O-rings becomes more stiff, and less flexible and less effective at sealing. It was predictable to some extent that leakage could occur at low temperature, and some claimed to have predicted the problem which seems quite plausible.
Originally posted by zorgon
And yet... it was a lowly simple o-ring that took down Challenger (RIP)
Thanks that gives me a much better idea of the size seeing the guys heads in the photo for comparison.
Originally posted by EthanT
reply to post by whyamIhere
No idea, but a quick search turned up info on the length: 7.9 m. Seems to be the most info available ...