NASA to test X-51A Jet that Goes 5 Times the Speed of Sound Tomorrow

by on August 13, 2012

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Tomorrow the USAF will test their fastest experimental jet, the X-51A Waverider. It’s being prepared at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert tonight for a departure to the Pacific Ocean on the wing of a B52 Bomber.

When testing begins it will be dropped and the engines will fire, the test will last a mere 300 seconds. This is the longest flight test so far for the X-51A to date.

This NASA and Pentagon experimental aircraft could go from NY to London in about an hour, reaching a top speed of 1700 meters a second.

During the test the X51-A will climb to an altitude of 70,000 feet, cut its engines and crash into the Pacific Ocean and break up.There are no plans to recover the craft.

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Editors note: This article has been edited for accuracy.

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