Wednesday, May 26, 2010

X-51 hypersonic test flight success

The X-51 WaveRider was successfully launched today from the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress, flew for approximately 200 seconds and reached Mach 6, as expected.

Program Manager Charlie Brink was quoted as saying, "We equate this leap in engine technology as equivalent to the post-World War II jump from propeller-driven aircraft to jet engines."

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