Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×
Space

Submission + - Air Force sets date to fly Mach-6 scramjet (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The US Air Force said it was looking to launch its 14-foot long X-51A Waverider on its first hypersonic flight test attempt May 25. The unmanned X-51A is expected to fly autonomously for five minutes, after being released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern coast of California. The Waverider is powered by a supersonic combustion scramjet engine, and will accelerate to about Mach 6 as it climbs to nearly 70,000 feet. Once flying the X-51 will transmit vast amounts of data to ground stations about the flight, then splash down into the Pacific. There are no plans to recover the flight test vehicle, one of four built, the Air Force stated.
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Air Force sets date to fly Mach-6 scramjet

Comments Filter:

Real Users are afraid they'll break the machine -- but they're never afraid to break your face.

Working...