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NASA scientists test 4,500mph hypersonic jet


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#1    Render

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:21 PM

  • Scramjet engine can accelerate craft to over Mach 6
  • Could dramatically slash journey times by travelling at five times the speed of sound
It looks like something you’d expect to see launch from Tracy Island.
But this Thunderbirds-style aircraft could be the future of long-haul flights.
The hypersonic X-51A WaveRider belongs to the US military and uses a revolutionary ‘scramjet’ engine to reach 4,500mph within seconds.



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ah man, that will be nice



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Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:39 PM

isnt that how much the Aurora was supposed to do?


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 04:18 PM

I don`t want to travel into America in 1 hour . Would be better to travel out in a nano-second .


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:05 PM

Update -

The US Air Force has said an attempt to fly its hypersonic jet Waverider at Mach 6 (3,600mph; 5795km/h) failed.

The unmanned aircraft had been designed to fly at six times the speed of sound after being dropped from a B-52 bomber.
But officials said that a faulty control fin prevented it from starting its supersonic-combustion ramjet engine, and the craft was lost


http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-19277620

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:19 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 15 August 2012 - 08:05 PM, said:

Update -

The US Air Force has said an attempt to fly its hypersonic jet Waverider at Mach 6 (3,600mph; 5795km/h) failed.

The unmanned aircraft had been designed to fly at six times the speed of sound after being dropped from a B-52 bomber.
But officials said that a faulty control fin prevented it from starting its supersonic-combustion ramjet engine, and the craft was lost


http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-19277620
Aww.I hope they fix the flaw,But hey what can you do but go back to the drawing board,Testing is the only real way of ding things like this,Better to have it fail with noone in it than with someone in it,Right?


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:47 PM

View Postsergeantflynn, on 15 August 2012 - 04:18 PM, said:

I don`t want to travel into America in 1 hour . Would be better to travel out in a nano-second .
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:43 PM

Something does not smell right here.  Since when does the military publicly announce they are testing a new aircraft or a new whatever for that matter?  History tells us they test these things in secret and only years or decades later do we actually learn about them.  This scramjet tech has been talked about for a very long time, I don't believe this is the very first test of it.  The military guards its secrets, so whatever is happening here is something other than what we are lead to believe.

Edited by Razer, 15 August 2012 - 09:43 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:20 PM

Hey Razer Its because they have already made a kmockoff in china. lol  :yes: But I do like the way they put in for good uses a missile,go team america F@#k yeah. :gun: :tu:

Edited by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON, 15 August 2012 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:56 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 15 August 2012 - 08:05 PM, said:

Update -

The US Air Force has said an attempt to fly its hypersonic jet Waverider at Mach 6 (3,600mph; 5795km/h) failed.

The unmanned aircraft had been designed to fly at six times the speed of sound after being dropped from a B-52 bomber.
But officials said that a faulty control fin prevented it from starting its supersonic-combustion ramjet engine, and the craft was lost


http://www.bbc.co.uk...nology-19277620

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:25 PM

Can't ever see this used for Airline flights,the cost of an air ticket would be most Expensive.....

Edited by shaddow134, 15 August 2012 - 11:25 PM.


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Posted 16 August 2012 - 01:04 AM

It's quicker to just have Scotty beam you. :yes:

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:54 AM

View PostRazer, on 15 August 2012 - 09:43 PM, said:

Something does not smell right here.  Since when does the military publicly announce they are testing a new aircraft or a new whatever for that matter?  History tells us they test these things in secret and only years or decades later do we actually learn about them.  This scramjet tech has been talked about for a very long time, I don't believe this is the very first test of it.  The military guards its secrets, so whatever is happening here is something other than what we are lead to believe.
they make it public to prevent idiots :wacko: from saying tat they saw UFOs :no:

Edited by csspwns, 16 August 2012 - 02:54 AM.

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 04:03 AM

Disappointing to see two billion dollars and ten years of research fail.


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Posted 16 August 2012 - 04:07 AM

It took roughly a year for the latest mars rover to get to its destination. I wonder what the difference would be had they used this type of propulsion or if it would even work in space


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Posted 16 August 2012 - 05:55 AM

Interesting.
I saw some very fast (blink and you miss it) jets in Whales th e other day.





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