Gallery: Boeing’s Hypersonic Mach 6 WaveRider Jet Lost Over the Pacific...


The US is currently conducting test flights of a new X-51A WaveRider jet that is capable of hitting a top speed of Mach 6 (4,300mph / 6,900km/h) – which would allow it to travel from London to New York in just an hour! Unfortunately, a flight test of the hypersonic vehicle went awry today as a faulty control fin caused the craft to be lost over the Pacific.

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  1. Marcus Rotkirch February 23, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Once again blog-media conveniently forgets to mention the one thing that deters the news value. Nobody has a clue yet on how to construct a jet engine that transitions from normal jet via RAM to SCRAM. As long as we’re still dropping things from other craft at high speed, the one-hour trans-Atlantic dream is still just that: a dream.

  2. bthinker August 21, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Sound like a good time to use multiple satellites to find it’s last whereabout and possible tradjectories that’s an expensive thing to lose.

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