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SCI/TECH: X-43A Mach 10 Flight Succesful!

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posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 03:50 AM
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NASA succesfully flew the X-43A hypersonic research vehicle into the record books, again, this time at nearly Mach 9.8, or 7,000 mph. The high-risk, high-payoff flight, was originally scheduled for Nov. 15 but was scrubbed due to technical glitches. It took place in restricted airspace over the Pacific Ocean northwest of Los Angeles. The flight was the last and fastest of three unpiloted flight tests in NASA's Hyper-X Program. The program's purpose is to explore an alternative to rocket power for space access vehicles, called 'Scramjets'.
 


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"This flight is a key milestone and a major step toward the future possibilities for producing boosters for sending large and critical payloads into space in a reliable, safe, inexpensive manner," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "These developments will also help us advance the Vision for Space Exploration, while helping to advance commercial aviation technology," Administrator O'Keefe said.

Supersonic combustion ramjets (scramjets) promise more airplane-like operations for increased affordability, flexibility and safety in ultra high-speed flights within the atmosphere and for the first stage to Earth orbit. The scramjet advantage is once it is accelerated to about Mach 4 by a conventional jet engine or booster rocket, it can fly at hypersonic speeds, possibly as fast as Mach 15, without carrying heavy oxygen tanks, as rockets must.


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[edit on 11-18-2004 by Zion Mainframe]




posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 03:51 AM
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www.spaceflightnow.com...

LIVE NASA TV COVERAGE:
Windows media player: www.nasa.gov...
Realplayer: www.nasa.gov...


2243 GMT (5:43 p.m. EST)

To recap, the X-43A was successfully launched by the Pegasus booster today. After separating from the rocket at about Mach 10, the X-43A hypersonic research vehicle's scramjet engine inlet was opened, the fuel system activated and the brief 10-second test occurred. The X-43A is currently gliding to the Pacific where it will impact and sink.


2250 GMT (5:50 p.m. EST)
A post-flight news conference is coming up in about an hour. Officials will review results from today's apparent successful scramjet test at Mach 10, which would establish a new speed record for an air-breathing vehicle.




Here is the mission profile (of the March 27 flight) Mission Profile
(NOTE: X-43 seperation from the booster will be 15,000 feet highter than the March 27 flight, at 110,000 ft.)


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posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 03:54 AM
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Christ Mach 10, if you can sustain that for long periods, then Hello Global Reach!. Its too bad NASA is out of funding. But if I recall correctly, DARPA may be picking up the project?



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 03:57 AM
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I love the cute smaller model of the larger craft that already works
They always pretend this is where they really are in the progress of a project.
They must be in the tweaking phase now.

godluvem



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:08 AM
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Originally posted by FredT
Christ Mach 10, if you can sustain that for long periods, then Hello Global Reach!. Its too bad NASA is out of funding. But if I recall correctly, DARPA may be picking up the project?

Yes, I've read several times now that DARPA (might) get research data for their FALCON program, a hypersonic strike vehicle that 'should be capable of striking targets 9,000 nautical miles distant in less than two hours.'

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 06:34 AM
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I'm hoping to see it from my balconey. I live on the ocean/beach in Redondo Beach, CA. Although it's some distance from here, I can usually see it when rockets are launched at Vandenburg AFB. When they reach a certain altitude, that is. I assume there'll be a sonic boom to go with it. Should be neat.

I've got business in the morning, though, and could get stuck and not make it back in time. If I'm able to view it, I'll report in and describe what I saw ...


PS: Oh yeah, I know it's not being launched from Vandenburg AFB, but Edwards is next door.

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posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 10:50 AM
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Goody.Can't wait to see it fly.Hope all goes smooth.



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 03:23 PM
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Looks like all went well - 7000 mph @ 110,000 ft. Saw a quick blurb on the news just moments ago~



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 03:43 PM
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hi Intelgurl, they haven't launched it yet, they will in 20-30 minutes (I heard they have some electronics problems)



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:00 PM
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LOL, guess i need to pay more attention to those news feeds...



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:29 PM
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Watchin' live webcast.Theyre doin' checkups like on previous launch.



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:30 PM
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hmm...its getting pretty late here, I dont think I can cover the entire event.

The B-52 has yet to take off, and after that it has to fly for an hour to reach the launch point.
At that time will probably be after 1 AM over here



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:34 PM
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Hi,

I just heard on a live broadcast that the takeoff from Edwards may be around 3 PM PST, if at all...



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:37 PM
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Originally posted by netbound
Hi,

I just heard on a live broadcast that the takeoff from Edwards may be around 3 PM PST, if at all...

Yes, there is a big chance they might cancel the flight.

www.spaceflightnow.com...



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:46 PM
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It's a SHUTDOWN. They may try again tomorrow

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posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:48 PM
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Sounds like it's a no-go today.Keephearing shutdown this,shutdown that.



posted on Nov, 15 2004 @ 04:53 PM
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Ok now it's canceled.Announcers said that avionics troubleshooting took all of launch window time.Try again manana.



posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 03:26 PM
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okay, it seems the flight go on today.

I'm not sure if I can keep you all up to date about this, I need to get up early tomorrow (GMT+1 over here).


Latest updates: www.spaceflightnow.com...




LIVE webcast just started seconds ago: www.nasa.gov...

[edit on 11-16-2004 by Zion Mainframe]



posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 03:32 PM
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Yup....B-52 is up n flying over pacific ocean.All looks good.



posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 03:57 PM
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30 minutes till launch.




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