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Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012

Hypersonic aircraft sets out for trial flight in U.S.

In the U.S. an experimental aircraft that can reach Hypersonic speeds was being given a trial run over the Pacific Ocean today, according to media reports. 

NASA scientists hoped that, after being dropped by a B-52 bomber, the unmanned X-51 WaveRider would embark on a five-minute flight at six times the speed of sound, or about 3,600 mph (5,800 kilometers per hour).
 
Designed by the Boeing Co., in its last test flight in 2011 the X-51 fel for approximately four seconds before its booster rocket ignited -- then the aircraft failed to separate from the rocket and plunged into the ocean below.
 
The aircraft is designed to enable to Pentagon to deliver strikes across the world within minutes.
 
Photo: Artist's concept of X-51A during flight (U.S. Air Force graphic)
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