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Fraser
2004-Aug-31, 04:41 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's X-43A prototype has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's fastest air-breathing aircraft. The unpiloted aircraft made an experimental flight earlier this year, and reached Mach 6.83, or 8,000 kph (5,000 mph) over the Pacific Ocean. The record will go into the 2006 edition of the book; however, NASA expects to have broken this record by the time the book goes to print. The X-43A is expected to make another flight this October, and if all goes well, it'll reach Mach 10.

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Ray Bingham
2004-Sep-01, 12:58 AM
This a farce perpetrated by NASA. The missile did not achieve this speed as an air breathing vehickle. It achieved it as a rocket propelled vehicle. It did operate for 11 seconds in a scramjet mode but did in fact not accelerate at all. By NASA's own admission its operation was marginal.

Until NASA can make a scramjet that is capable of ACCELERATION in scram jet mode they are just playing games with us all.

Ray Bingham

Todd Gibson
2004-Sep-30, 01:44 AM
What happened to X-43 after it peaked speed? Was it just wasted into the ocean or was it able to return for a landing?

antoniseb
2004-Sep-30, 01:53 AM
Originally posted by Todd Gibson@Sep 30 2004, 01:44 AM
What happened to X-43 after it peaked speed? Was it just wasted into the ocean or was it able to return for a landing?
It dropped harmlessly into the ocean.