With 'Scramjet,' NASA Shoots for Mach 10

Fausto

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Faster than Wduaqnug can mangle the English language....
Next week, NASA (news - web sites) plans to break the aircraft speed record for the second time in 7 1/2 months by flying its rocket-assisted X-43A scramjet craft 110,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean at speeds close to Mach 10 -- about 7,200 mph, or 10 times the speed of sound.


The flight will last perhaps 10 seconds and end with the pilotless aircraft plunging to a watery grave 850 miles off the California coast. But even if the X-43A doesn't set the record, it has already proved that the 40-year-old dream of "hypersonic" flight -- using air-breathing engines to reach speeds above Mach 5 (3,800 mph) -- has become reality.
Spiffy. :thumbsup:
 

K1052

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Originally posted by: dabuddha
Let me know when they reach warp 10 :)

You can?t. It requires an infinite amount of energy to reach Warp 10. Duh.:roll:




:p


 

CrackRabbit

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Originally posted by: K1052
Originally posted by: dabuddha
Let me know when they reach warp 10 :)

You can?t. It requires an infinite amount of energy to reach Warp 10. Duh.:roll:




:p

not to mention you would need a warp drive, somebody should invent one of those first. ;)