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X-43A hypersonic research aircraft
2014-03-27 04:53:03

Source Material Provided by NASA NASA's X-43A shattered existing speed records for aircraft with air-breathing engines on March 27, 2004, when the scram-jet powered plane reached Mach 6.83 - 4,900 miles per hour - during a brief flight over the Pacific Ocean. This new speed record was more than twice as fast as the SR-71 Blackbird, which could cruise at Mach 3.32—2,193 mph. The X-43A's speed even bested the rocket-powered X-15A-2, which had set a record of Mach 6.7 - 4,520 mph - in...

August X-51A Test Flight Crash Likely Due To Unlocked Actuator
2012-10-25 07:49:43

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On August 14, 2012 the US Air Force conducted a scheduled test flight of its experimental X-51A Waverider aircraft. But the test ended in failure, with the plane crashing into the Pacific Ocean. Details of the failed flight were not provided at the time, and it was unclear if experiments would continue. Now, more than 2 months after that failed test, the Air Force has come forward and explained why the experimental hypersonic...

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2012-08-15 20:42:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Air Force's new aircraft of the future crashed during a hypersonic test flight, hitting a speed bump in the future of creating quick flights from New York to London. The X-51A WaveRider was designed to reach Mach 6, or 3,600 mph, after being dropped from a B-52 bomber. The aircraft underwent a test on Tuesday, and was brought out off the Southern California coast to experience a few minutes of flying at hypersonic speeds....

X-51A Waverider
2012-08-13 16:14:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The next generation of flight is undergoing a test tomorrow over the Pacific Ocean, paving the way for non-stop Paris trips in just a few hours in the future. The X-51A WaveRider is being prepared at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. This aircraft could take you from New York to London in less than an hour. The experimental aircraft uses a "scramjet" engine that allows it to travel at hypersonic speeds, reaching Mach 4.5...

2011-02-28 15:56:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that the company, along with its partner Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital), has received the San Fernando Valley Engineers' Council's Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award for work done on the ramjet engine development for the U.S. Navy GQM-163A "Coyote" Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target missile. The award recognizes corporations that have proven engineering excellence...

2010-08-13 16:33:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target (SSST) ramjet propulsion system successfully completed the first flight test of the Coyote High Diver variant supersonic target mission. Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) developed the target vehicle and uses Aerojet's solid-fueled Variable Flow Ducted Rocket (VFDR) propulsion engine. Orbital upgraded the original SSST configuration with...

2010-08-10 15:58:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has successfully tested an advanced solid ramjet fuel in an engine ground test. The fuel is being developed to provide long-range, high-speed capability for the U.S. military and potentially for the future USAF/Navy Joint Dual Role Air Dominance Missile (JDRADM). Ramjet engines have historically used liquid fuel which mixes with atmospheric air in order to provide thrust at...

2009-11-16 15:58:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, under contract to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), recently completed ground testing of an advanced Scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine combustor demonstrating a new thermal management approach. This approach, called core burning, forces the combustion flames away from the Scramjet surfaces thereby reducing overall heat load. The technology overcomes the long-standing...

2009-09-28 10:33:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has been awarded a 10-month contract by Lockheed Martin for preliminary design of the high speed accelerator for a turbine-based combined-cycle (TBCC) propulsion system, which could support flight up to Mach 6. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). In Phase I of the TBCC Mode Transition Demonstrator Program, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will develop...

2009-08-10 09:45:00

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's scramjet engine SJY61-2 has been installed in the second X-51A flight test vehicle at Boeing Phantom Works in Palmdale, Calif. This is the second of four engines that will be used in flight testing of the X-51A scheduled to begin later this year. The X-51A is expected to exceed Mach 6 and set the foundation for several hypersonic applications. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a unit of United Technologies...


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