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UPDATED! US Air Force Tests ‘Waverider’ The 1 Hour New York to Paris Hypersonic Jet

Posted: August 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News, Fly Your Kite | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! US Air Force Tests ‘Waverider’ The 1 Hour New York to Paris Hypersonic Jet

NASA Hypersonic X 51A WaveriderThe United States Air Force is poised to test an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, at almost 7,000 kilometres an hour, the Waverider can travel from New York to Paris in under an hour.

The Waverider project is jointly funded by the Pentagon and NASA, and is part of US plans to one day deliver missile strikes around the globe within minutes. The research could also be used to build a commercial plane which is able to reach much higher speeds than today’s jets.

The unmanned X-51A Waverider resembles a missile and will be dropped from the wing of a B-52 bomber off the California coast at an altitude of about 15,000 metres, according to the Air Force.

After a scheduled flight of about five minutes – in which it is expected to reach an altitude of 21,000 metres – the Waverider will splash down in the Pacific, the Air Force said.

X-51A achieves hypersonic speeds with what’s known as a scramjet engine, which has no moving parts. There are no plans to recover the test vehicle. Hypersonic flight renders conventional turbine jet engines useless due to the extraordinary heat and pressure generated at such high speeds :: Read the full article »»»»