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SCI/TECH: NASA's X-43 Hyper-X to Attempt Mach 10 Flight

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posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 09:26 AM
NASA engineers are preparing the X-43A Scramjet-powered vehicle for a Mach 10 Flight, next week. The Nov. 15 flight is the third and final test of the X-43A Hyper-X program. The first attempt was unsuccesful; a malfunction occurred that caused the booster -with the X-43 attached to it - to go out of control. On March 27, 2004, the X-43 did reach its test speed of Mach 7, or seven times the speed of sound. On nov. 15, after some modifications to the vehicle, NASA hopes to break that record, and reach Mach 10. NASA to Attempt Mach 10 Flight

Speaking at a press briefing, X-43A program manager Vince Rausch predicted success for Monday's flight. But he cautioned that the experimental nature of the program and the extremely high speeds could lead to unexpected results.

"There is risk in this program," he said. "We fully anticipate that we have reduced the risk at these levels, but you're never fully sure."

One of the risks is the possible overheating of the X-43A's leading edges -- its nose and the front side of its two tails. During the plane's second flight, air flowing around the aircraft at supersonic speeds heated the leading edges to 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures during the flight next week could go as high as 3,600 degrees, according to lead engineer Laurie Marshall.

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Unfortunatelly NASA cancelled the follow-up program, the X-43C program, but I hope they can still prove the potential of scramjet propulsion with the Mach 10 flight of the A vehicle.

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posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 10:43 AM
Can't wait to see it fly again.Hopefully after the flight,successful or not,someone else continues scramjet reasearch.

posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 04:28 PM
now if that does what genesis did at mach 10 it will make a nice hole.

posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 08:14 PM

Originally posted by llama009
now if that does what genesis did at mach 10 it will make a nice hole.

They dont save these crafts. After it goes mach 10 it then does some air meneuvers then splashes into the ocean to never be seen again. No data of its flight is stored in it, it all gets sent to Nasa.

Hopfully they show more of the actual scram engine working, unlike last time. Mainly because almost all of its data recorded on the short flight is classified.

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