NASA to Test Hypersonic X-51A WaveRider That Goes 5 Times the Speed of Sound

August 14, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Ever thought of reaching London from NY in an hour? We are not talking about dreaming, but traveling in hypersonic speeds. At present there is only one machine developed by human that can attain the speed and it is dubbed as X-51A WaveRider.

The X-51A WaveRider is developed by NASA and Pentagon and it will make its longest flight Tuesday from a US Air Force Base. Though it is the longest flight for the experimental aircraft, it will just remain on air for 300 seconds.

The hypersonic aircraft is estimated to have a top speed of 1,700 meters per a second during the test which makes it five times faster than sound.

The unique scramjet used in the aircraft can take it to a 4500mph speed within a matter of some seconds. During the experimental flight, WaveRider will set off from the Edwards Air Force base in the Mojave Desert.

It will be attached to the wings of a B52 bomber, before the testing. Once the testing starts, it will be dropped from the bomber. Then the engines of the WaveRider will fire and take the aircraft for the 300 second long flight before ending up in the Pacific Ocean.

During the experimental flight, WaveRider is expected to climb to a height of 70,000 feet. At the end of the flight, it will cut it engines and will end up crashing in the Pacific Ocean.

Neither NASA nor Pentagon has made any official program to recover the remnants of the aircraft from the Pacific Ocean.

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