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Old 05-27-2010   #1
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First full hypersonic test a success

Wow! Four thousand MPH. That's Mach 6.

The first full flight test (unmanned) of the Boeing X-51 was completed yesterday much to the delight of the designers (and, of course, the USAF). This vehicle uses a new type of jet engine called a scramjet which operates at speeds much higher than any traditional turbine powerplant. I didn't know this until I did some research on it, but "normal" jet turbine engines can't operate at supersonic speeds unless the airflow entering the engine is reduced to subsonic velocity using a complex system of baffles and screens. The scramjet only works at extremely high speeds and requires no such baffling. I'm not sure what exactly the USAF is going to do with this technology once it is out of the testing stage, but I expect that sooner or later it will trickle down to the commercial level and we'll be seeing a new generation of ultrafast airliners which could make a NY to London flight in less than an hour.

The X-51 itself is a pretty bad-ass looking machine, too

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Re: First full hypersonic test a success

I highly doubt we'll see new airliners, as most people are still very tender bout the concorde thing BUT I know we'll see new fighters using this if they havent already done something with it yet..
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Re: First full hypersonic test a success

I do believe that we will see commercial hypersonic airliners, but they will probably not be commonplace until your children are adults. As to military applications, I see all too many uses - even if it is only hypersonic cruise missiles. Modern turbine powered fighters already push the very edge of Human tolerances as far as G forces go so scramjet fighters might never be manned. They would more likely be remotely controlled machines much like the UAVs which are already in use.
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hey whatever they think of It dont really matter...just another way to kill the enemy I guess..
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A new reward for a 12 Killstreak on CoD!
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Re: First full hypersonic test a success

I was waiting for a CoD joke in either this or the guns thread of matts lol

saying that, I have the PC version of GTA San Andreas and the GTA series is known for you being able to mod it...and San Andreas allows you to fly jets...wonder if someone would make me a mod of this in there lol if it was realistic I'd go from one side of the map to the other in a blink of an eye....most likely fucking crash too hahah as long as I can take some pedestrians out I dont care...yay for mindless computer violence!
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Re: First full hypersonic test a success

Big un-yay for going OFF TOPIC!
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oh come on...remember what frankie always says
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Re: First full hypersonic test a success

I don't know what you are talking about. However in the interest of not having the thread go on for 32 more pages all about fucking video games... thread is now locked.
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