Hypersonic craft X-51A put to the test

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Two ends of spectrum lately. A blimp and this hypersonic craft. Pretty cool.


    Hypersonic craft X-51A put to the test

    Imagine going from New York to London in less than an hour.

    The X-51A Waverider, the military’s latest attempt at hypersonic flight, may bring the United States one step closer to realizing that imagined trip duration.

    The Waverider is a hypersonic combustion ramjet created to, as the name suggests, ride its own shockwave to achieve speeds as high as Mach 6. The vehicle is unmanned and autonomous, according to an Air Force fact-sheet. The almost-wingless craft, which resembles a shark, is not a weapon system protoytpe. But the technology could offer breakthroughs relevant to space travel, hypersonic weapons, surveillance and reconnaissance, and could otherwise give the United States an opportunity to sharpen its competitive edge when it comes to intelligence-gathering.
  2. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Well-Known Member

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    That thing looks like it's straight out of GI-Joe or X-men. Awesome!
  3. NorthTexan95

    NorthTexan95 Well-Known Member

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    I bet half of the hour trip to London would be speeding up and slowing down. Humans are quite squishy when it comes to that kind of acceleration.
  4. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Super cool! I love Mad Science!

    I also note who's developing and paying for this.
  5. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Whoops! FAIL!

    Try, try, try again.

    Should have hired some NASA engineers to design it. ;)
  6. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    It's not lost. It just refuses to ask for directions.
  7. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    Nice.............. :lmao2:
  8. junk

    junk I've got moxie

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    I'd be shocked if they didn't consider it for weapon applications. It'd be a great stand off weapon.

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