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Scramjet-powered X-51A Waverider missile breaks Mach 5 record
CS Monitor ^ | 5-27-10 | Matthew Shaer

Posted on 05/28/2010 11:13:14 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

On Wednesday morning, a US Air Force X-51A Waverider missile sustained speeds of Mach 5 for more than 200 seconds, the US Air Force has announced. The X-51A Waverider, which was launched over the southern California coast, is powered by next-gen scramjet technology.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airforce; mach5; missle; record; scramjet; speed; waverider; wow
mount a Waverider on a Wavejammer and you could really get across the lake fast.
1 posted on 05/28/2010 11:13:15 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Or just this:

http://www.bladerider.com.au/


2 posted on 05/28/2010 11:15:57 AM PDT by edcoil (Kingdoms have never survived. Don't let any new ones be formed.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB; KevinDavis

The US Navy should think about this. Sounds like a great anti-ship kinetic weapon.


3 posted on 05/28/2010 11:16:34 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Seems a different report had them missing that mark......I will try an find a link .

Hope it made it as this version states.


4 posted on 05/28/2010 11:17:42 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: edcoil

Cool looking Scramjet:

http://www.hufos.net/images/scramjet.jpg


5 posted on 05/28/2010 11:17:43 AM PDT by edcoil (Kingdoms have never survived. Don't let any new ones be formed.)
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To: GeronL

Designed for very high altitude operation, not near sea level.

Scramjet thrives on rarified air, and the skin of the ‘missile’ won’t heat up and melt like it would at lower, denser altitudes.

Since this airship IS an AIR BREATHER, I think it is wrong to call it a missile.


6 posted on 05/28/2010 11:19:53 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Obambi must be trying to find a way to cancel this program right about now. After he doesn’t want the US having such high-tech weapons, why it would just be so unfair...


7 posted on 05/28/2010 11:20:37 AM PDT by battousai (The mainstream media; as honest as the French are clean.)
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To: GeronL

my thoughts exactly. Although anything delivered straight down at that speed would be an amazing impact to witness, from a distance...


8 posted on 05/28/2010 11:21:43 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout hearts...)
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To: battousai

This missle is even faster than his plummeting poll numbers and he hates competition.


9 posted on 05/28/2010 11:21:51 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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To: Blueflag

I can imagine it might do well flying straight down at the taget ship.


10 posted on 05/28/2010 11:31:05 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Bean Counter

yes it would, cool too


11 posted on 05/28/2010 11:31:41 AM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Squantos
scramjet
12 posted on 05/28/2010 11:32:26 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Wow!

...almost as fast as Obama's shifting stories on what problem he "wakes up to everyday" and "goes to sleep thinking about" everyday...

First it was the stimulus, then healthcare, then Haiti, now the oilspill...

13 posted on 05/28/2010 11:34:03 AM PDT by NorCoGOP (Recession: friend loses his job. Depression: You lose your job. Recovery: Obama loses his job.)
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To: GeronL

Ah! good idea.


14 posted on 05/28/2010 11:34:12 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: edcoil

Cool toy.


15 posted on 05/28/2010 11:40:07 AM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Blueflag

“Since this airship IS an AIR BREATHER, I think it is wrong to call it a missile.”

It should probably be called a “cruise missile”, the Tomahawk is an air breather also as is the ALCM.


16 posted on 05/28/2010 11:57:35 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty (In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're not.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


17 posted on 05/28/2010 12:18:51 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: battousai

Yea, in mac daddies way of thinking for the price of one of these he could buy an entire mountain of rocks that the American military could throw at its enemy while they are shooting at them.

With all that savings he could bail out another 100 looser companies.


18 posted on 05/28/2010 12:40:04 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: edcoil

Osama will cancel that thing of beauty.


19 posted on 05/28/2010 12:45:05 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (EPA will rule your life)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
That would be a Waverunner ( just like mine)
20 posted on 05/28/2010 1:03:35 PM PDT by Waverunner
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To: Army Air Corps

Bump


21 posted on 05/28/2010 1:30:21 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: chiefqc

Or give a bucket of cash to the SEIU, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other pals of The Regime.


22 posted on 05/28/2010 1:33:17 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: GeronL

I’ve been a fan of kinetic energy weapons since I read Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” way back when.

That, along with the original HTTP...the “Hypersonic Tungsten Telephone Pole” or the “Rod from God”....imagine what we could do to Kim Jong Ding Dong’s little toy submarine base if we delivered a 12” diameter by 20’ long solid tungsten telephone pole straight down on it at hypersonic velocity.

You might as well hit them with an frickin’ asteroid...it’ll sure look like it afterwards....


23 posted on 05/28/2010 1:39:52 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout hearts...)
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To: Bean Counter

Oh yes. Drop some real ‘roids on them someday too


24 posted on 05/28/2010 2:46:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Political Correctness Kills)
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To: Waverunner

But you’d get one heck of a wetsuit wipeout rash from the one in the article.


25 posted on 05/28/2010 3:33:13 PM PDT by Darksheare (Windows Se7en: It's called "seven" for a reason.)
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To: Darksheare

I have my rash guard, And It would be the first jet ski to circumnavigate the globe in 8 hours.


26 posted on 05/28/2010 6:55:20 PM PDT by Waverunner
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