This next-gen spy plane just might be the craziest bird Lockheed has taken on yet
An Australian team on a shoestring budget is about to launch their "flying stovepipe"
Goodbye dear X-51A WaveRider, we hardly knew ye.
Last May, the X-51A Waverider fired up a scramjet engine and boosted itself to a hypersonic Mach 5. The Air Force was hoping for Mach 6, and, next week, the military will unleash this beast for another flight.
Does more engines equal more awesome? You bet it does. NASA's latest concept for their satellite launching system is getting fleshed out with some extra sources of thrust.
The X-51A Waverider blasted itself into the longest hypersonic flight in history yesterday, streaking across the sky at Mach 5 for just over 200 seconds. That's 10 times longer than the previous record, set in 2004 by NASA's X-43. While the X-51A has already flown a couple of times while remaining attached to its mother ship, this was the first time the unmanned plane flew independently.
Jet engines that might make it possible for passenger planes to someday travel at 10,000 mph will soon take to the air. Hypersonic scramjets have been in the works for years, but the Boeing X-51A demonstrator will contain the first...