Skip to comments.U.S. Looks to Jump Into Hypersonic Future With X-51 Missile Test
Posted on 05/11/2010 9:32:55 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The U.S. Air Force is set to successfully launch a Boeing X-51 for 300 seconds of hypersonic flight
By the end of this month, the U.S. Air Force will begin a series of hypersonic tests that will send a scramjet into the atmosphere for about five minutes, at nearly five times the speed of sound. A scramjet is a supersonic combustion ramjet, while a ramjet is a jet engine using the engine's forward motion to compress air.
If all goes as planned, this will be the first time that an aircraft will have flown at such speeds for more than a few seconds of time.
In previous attempts, the NASA X-43 was powered-up for just 10 seconds of flight. The X-43 was tested four times in 2004 and was hydrogen-powered.
This time around, the U.S. Air Force will be testing the X-51 Waverunner, which runs on compressed air that ignites fuel by combustion. The X-51 is designed to be dropped from beneath a B-52 bomber.
A rocket booster will ignite and accelerate the Waverunner. It will then run its course -- from Mach 1 to Mach 6 -- under its own power, at which time the nose of the X-51 is expected to reach at least 1,480 degrees F.
The aircraft fuel will then be piped through tubes around the engine surface and will help warm the fuel to the temperature needed to ignite it as well as draw off heat to keep the engine from melting.
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