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Space: Air Force to Test New Hypersonic Aircraft

Post by bystander » Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:09 pm

Air Force to Test New Hypersonic Aircraft
Space.com - 2010 March 09
he U.S. Air Force is gearing up for the first of four planned test flights of a hypersonic aircraft designed to operate for much longer durations and cover far greater distances than previous platforms of its type.

The maiden flight of the X-51 Waverider aircraft — the first U.S. hypersonic vehicle to fly in six years — is scheduled to take place later in March. Boeing Defense, Space & Security Systems of St. Louis has been developing the aircraft since 2003 on behalf of the Air Force Research Laboratory and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.