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.