The Air Force Completes Another Round Of Testing A Hypersonic Rocket Booster

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Shown is an X-60A air-launched rocket during a hot-fire test at Cecil Spaceport in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 14, 2020. The X-60A, developed through an Air Force Research Laboratory Small Business Innovation Research contract, is an air-launched rocket designed for hypersonic flight research. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

Popular Mechanics: The Air Force Is Testing a Hypersonic Rocket Booster

The X-60A will propel vehicles at speeds in excess of Mach 6.

* The X-60A is a test vehicle designed to aid hypersonic weapon research, reaching speeds of mach 8.
* Hypersonic vehicles can reach temperatures of 3,800 degrees, making testing difficult.
* The rocket is meant to fly payloads at hypersonic speeds, allowing scientists to test the stresses of high speed flight on the payload.

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-60A hypersonic research rocket completed a new round of realistic ground testing. The rocket’s engine was tested in both “cold flow” and “hot fire” testing, and incorporated realistic operational procedures that a real rocket might face. The goal of the program is to create an affordable, reliable hypersonic propulsion system, one that can reach Mach 7.

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Update: X-60A program conducts integrated vehicle propulsion system verification test (US Air Force)

WNU Editor: Russia is currently deploying hypersonic missiles, the US is testing to see if their engines can work. I could be wrong, but I sense the U.S. is years behind the Russians in this field.