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Military conducts hypersonic jet test flight
By T.K. Randall
August 15, 2012 · 21 comments
Image Credit: USAF
The Waverider jet project aims to fly the aircraft at a speed of 4,300mph, six times the speed of sound.
At that speed the plane would be able to travel from London to New York in the space of an hour, the Pentagon and NASA are hoping to use the technology in the development of faster missiles. In the future it is possible that passenger aircraft will also benefit from it by taking over from Concorde in the provision of super fast flights around the world.
"The business community who wanted to be in New York in three hours made Concorde highly viable, and now there's interest on both sides of the Atlantic to jump a generation and go from supersonic flight to hypersonic flight," said Peter Robbie of European aerospace and defence giant EADS.
The US military has conducted a test flight of its hypersonic jet Waverider, aiming to reach Mach 6 (4,300mph; 6,900km/h) above the Pacific Ocean.
Source: BBC News
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