Tuesday, January 8, 2008

X51A & Hypersonic Flight

Today there is a news article regarding scram jet experiments conducted at the Purdue Univ.

X51A(shown above) is an experimental aircraft to demonstrate hypersonic flight. It is a DARPA-USAF program. The design and development work of X51A aircraft is done by Boeing, while the required engine(X-1 JP7) is being developed by Pratt & Whitney. X51A is also known as the WaveRider and is expected to fly at Mach 6.
Scramjets(Supersonic Combustion Ramjets) are a must for attaining hypersonic flight. The conducted experiments are related to the aerodynamics of scramjet engines.

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