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US Air Force to test drone at Mach 6

2012-08-14 21:47

Edwards Air Force Base - The US Air Force plans a key test of an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, or about 5 800km/h.

The aircraft is intended to allow the Pentagon to deliver strikes around the globe within minutes.

The Los Angeles Times reports the unmanned X-51 WaveRider is expected to reach Mach 6 on Tuesday when it is dropped by a B-52 bomber and takes flight off the California coast.

Engineers hope it sustains its top speed for 300 seconds, twice as long as it's gone before.

In its most recent test last year, the Boeing-designed X-51 fell for about four seconds before its booster rocket ignited, but the aircraft failed to separate from the rocket and plunged into the ocean.

Comments
  • anotheradrian - 2012-08-14 22:15

    If only we could put a giant glass bowl over america

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-15 12:33

      And you sleep safely because rough men are prepared to do rough for your safety.......

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-14 23:39

    If this has gone public, imagine what they already in the form of Black Projects..

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-15 05:04

    Strange for a country facing financial ruin to still be spending such large sums of money on weapons unless, as we already know from US history, are planning to use them and maybe help itself out of debt? Lets spend like there we are rich, very strange indeed.

  • dylan.sciarappa - 2012-08-15 09:20

    And empire marches on!!!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-08-15 09:56

    Nice one guys. Billions of your taxes being spent on new ways to kill people. Clap. Clap.

  • mgaa2 - 2012-08-15 11:38

    the speed of this drone its scary

  • Spiral - 2012-08-15 12:25

    now this is cool :)

  • j.m.donaldson - 2012-08-15 18:55

    If you think that's fast, look up the Falcon HTV-2. Already made it to Mach 22!!! Still work to be done on it though.

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