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[CNN] Craft to attempt Mach 6 flight

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On Tuesday, the unmanned 25-foot-long vehicle will be dropped off of the wing of a converted B-52 bomber off the California coast and try to fly for 300 seconds at science fiction-like speeds of Mach 6, over 4,500 mph - fast enough to fly from New York to London in less than an hour.

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Controllers identified a fault in one of the X-51A Waverider's control fins shortly after its rocket booster had fired, the service said in a written statement. About 16 seconds into the flight, the aircraft "was not able to maintain control due to the faulty control fin and was lost," the service said.

Edited by damric - 8/15/12 at 12:31pm
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Will fly...

4,500 mph oh dear god
    
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It's numbers like this that are almost impossible to visualise. That speed is very impressive, lets hope the test doesn't shut down early this time.

Also now it's time to research scramjet tech, as I have yet to do so.
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That is pretty fast...
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Should be pretty interesting. Hope this works out.

Wonder how likely it is that we'll have something like the Concorde again... i mean here we are 36 years later and we still have the same stuff (note the assistant vehicle in the article). If I gotta be groped I'd like a cig after or a speedy flight and I know the former won't happen.

EDIT:
Oh, and could we not cnn?
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This is awesome,but what caught my eye was:
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The Pentagon has also been studying other hypersonic technology, including 2010 and 2011 flight tests of the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle (HTV-2) capable of reaching Mach 20, approximately 13,000 mph, according to DARPA.

Holy hell!!
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Except the Falcons roasted alive before completing their tests and the Waverider is a more humbled attempt for something to actual survive it's intended test flight. thumb.gif
    
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Bring on the scramjet powered craft. Automate them. Skynet becomes a reality.
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Bring on the scramjet powered craft. Automate them. Skynet becomes a reality.


Here is the thing. We've been testing scramjets out of public eye for over 20 years.. Mostly in the upper stratosphere and in space... We've already flown faster than mach 6 several times.


Perhaps you kiddies are forgetting that little 1970 spaceship we just retired the space shuttle.. Mach 12.. In general, the Space Shuttle top speed is always around 17,500 miles per hour or 5 miles per second.
 
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Originally Posted by Darkpriest667 View Post

Here is the thing. We've been testing scramjets out of public eye for over 20 years.. Mostly in the upper stratosphere and in space... We've already flown faster than mach 6 several times.
Perhaps you kiddies are forgetting that little 1970 spaceship we just retired the space shuttle.. Mach 12.. In general, the Space Shuttle top speed is always around 17,500 miles per hour or 5 miles per second.

Is't that in space? Where there is no atmosphere, resistance or gravity? I am under the impression that we are attempting mach 6 in our upper atmosphere because a scramjet can't work in space(at the moment). I'm not attacking your post, just trying to get some clarification.
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