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2003-Jul-08, 10:00 PM
SUMMARY: A new jet designed to travel more than 7 times the speed of sound has been successfully tested in the Australian desert. The prototype Hyshot engine is a scramjet; unlike a traditional chemical rocket which carries heavy liquid oxygen in gigantic fuel tanks, a scramjet pulls the oxygen it needs from the atmosphere. The engine was strapped to a traditional rocket and lifted up to an altitude of 300 km at which point the scramjet kicked in and accelerated it towards the Earth - hopefully reaching a speed of 8,600 km/hour before it crashed.

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2006-Jan-10, 04:44 PM
I only lament the fact that there isn't more of this. Australia has really fallen off the pace in the past couple of decades and it would be great if any of the governments, State or Federal, showed any real interest in promoting this sort of development and research, but they really only show cursory interest, which is most disappointing to a Space enthusiast such as myself. :(