The US Air Force & rsquo; s Mach 5 missile program suffered a significant blow this week as its 3rd flight test of the X– 51A Waverider ended in failure. The test was suggested to be a 300-second scramjet-powered flight over the Pacific Ocean, however just 15 seconds after it detached from the B– 52 Stratofortress carrying it to 50,000 feet, a defective cruiser fin left the shark-shaped cruise missile uncontrollable, delivering it careening into the sea. The failure was initially stated by Danger Space.
Ramjets depend on the air pressure generated from forward motion
The X– 51A makes use of two types of engines to supply drive: a modified strong rocket booster to get it up to speed, and a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne SJY61 scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine … Continue reading & hellip;
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