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The craft, called the X-51A Waverider, is currently being prepared at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. Tomorrow, it will take part in a key test
London to New York in ONE HOUR: US military to test radical new hypersonic aircraft that can reach 4,500mph within seconds
Scramjet engine can accelerate craft to over Mach 6
Could dramatically slash journey times by travelling at five times the speed of sound
I always love a good healthy competition. UK & US go way back when it comes to technology sharing including crucial projects. Good luck to the chase
Originally posted by stumason
Ooh, the race is on
There is a UK company, working with ESA, designing a hybrid jet/rocket engine called SABRE. The initial plan for SABRE and the Skylon spaceship it is designed to fit into is for cheap orbital insertions, but there are other applications including hypersonic passenger aircraft.
Although the US seem to be a few steps ahead with their flight test.. Hope it goes well It's about time, to be honest..
Originally posted by Wide-Eyes
Coincidentally, I was thinking only yesterday, 'why has there not been another supersonic/hypersonic passanger jet since Concord?' It's not like Supersonic jets are new tech...
Not me. I love to ride and still manage to catch a few rides here n there but the facts that I have 2 toddlers and a wife is keeping me off the 2 wheeler most of the times thats sitting the garage
Originally posted by g146541
Originally posted by hp1229
reply to post by g146541
Are you a 'salt racer' or a quarter mile junkie? NO NO NO!!After 70 I get edgy!
I used to love bikes but as I got older and fatter and slower, that became a nogo.
X - 15
at the Edge of Space
This joint program by NASA, the Air Force, the Navy, and North American operated the most remarkable of all the rocket research aircraft. Composed of an internal structure of titanium and a skin surface of a chrome-nickel alloy known as Inconel X, the X-15 had its first, unpowered glide flight on June 8, 1959, while the first powered flight took place on September 17, 1959. Because of the large fuel consumption of its rocket engine, the X-15 was air launched from a B-52 aircraft at about 45,000 ft and speeds upward of 500 mph. The airplane first set speed records in the Mach 4-6 range with Mach 4.43 on March 7, 1961; Mach 5.27 on June 23, 1961; Mach 6.04 on November 9, 1961; and Mach 6.7 on October 3, 1967. It also set an altitude record of 354,200 feet (67 miles) on August 22, 1963, and provided an enormous wealth of data on hypersonic air flow, aerodynamic heating, control and stability at hypersonic speeds, reaction controls for flight above the atmosphere, piloting techniques for reentry, human factors, and flight instrumentation. The highly successful program contributed to the development of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo piloted spaceflight programs as well as the Space Shuttle program. The program's final flight was performed on October 24, 1968
After five minutes of flight the engines cut out and the craft falls to Earth to break up in the Pacific.
Originally posted by plube
strange It does almost seem we have gone backwards...also since the loss of concord....It does make one wonder if things have been put on hold a bit since the moon programs....wonder why that is...did we get our pee pees whacked and told to back off?