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

by William W. 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.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Editors note: This article has been edited for accuracy.

William W.
I am an amateur astronomer with a focus on astrophotography and deep space objects. I have 15+ years in the web publishing business and over 20 years as a space enthusiast. I enjoy reading and writing about the amazing discoveries of brilliant scientists and engineers.
 
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