Wednesday, May 26, 2010

USAF Scramjet Hits Mach 6, Sets Record

Posted by CmdrTaco on Thursday May 27, @10:59AM
from the get-where-yer-going dept.
s122604 writes"The [X-51A Waverider]'s scramjet engine accelerated the vehicle to Mach 6, and it flew autonomously for 200 seconds before losing acceleration. At that point the test was terminated. The Air Force said the previous record for a hypersonic scramjet burn was 12 seconds. Joe Vogel, Boeing's director of hypersonics, said, 'This is a new world record and sets the foundation for several hypersonic applications, including access to space, reconnaissance, strike, global reach and commercial transportation.' "

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