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Military to test hypersonic jet that could zip across the U.S. in less than 1 hour

the lookout -- A superfast jet that could fly from L.A. to New York City in less than an hour may be one step closer to reality after a key test this week.

The X-51A WaveRider, an unmanned aircraft that could reach speeds up to Mach 6 will be launched from the wing of a B-52 bomber high above the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The WaveRider is expected to zip up into the atmosphere and fly at hypersonic speeds—3,600 mph—for 300 seconds, before breaking up into the ocean.

If successful, if would be the longest jaunt for the test aircraft. The newspaper noted that the development of WaveRider could lead to progress on a passenger jet that could theoretically travel across the U.S. in 46 minutes.

"Attaining sustained hypersonic flight is like going from propeller-driven aircra


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2012 5:13:56 AM

ummm... WaveRider waved before it took a ride straight into the Pacific. #3 of 4 down. No telling if the last one will be actually going up in the air.
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Thank you for posting.
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Wow over 1400 posts!
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 1:30:24 AM

Wow...accross the country in less than an hour. Now the airline industry has an excuse not to have complimentary drinks and peanuts let alone serve an inflight meal.
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 1:10:25 AM

Who could afford to fly on it? There would be one heck of fuel surcharge.
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2012 12:07:35 AM

it takes text deleted
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:23:11 PM

some women can drive that fast
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JettaKnight
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:12:56 PM

"The newspaper noted that the development of WaveRider could lead to progress on a passenger jet that could theoretically travel across the U.S. in 46 minutes."

Like that'll happen. ANY aircraft that can fly that fast will be used ONLY by the military for several decades, especially as a high-value, high-priority transport aircraft.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:10:12 PM

What is the big hurry?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:05:36 PM

Not now.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:05:09 PM

Old article.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 11:05:02 PM

In these days of extreme debt ... wait on this one.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:58:50 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:48:32 PM

How much gas I wonder?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:44:59 PM

Can't we just use F-16's and add a few passenger seats?

Can you imagine how much fuel something like that would use just getting to that speed? :(
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:44:37 PM

I don't see this affecting the lives of 99+ per cent of us.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:41:34 PM

what?????????
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:39:06 PM

gas prices?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:38:44 PM

This is my kind of flight time
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:36:58 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:35:35 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:32:48 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:30:19 PM

Secretly for use buy NSI, CIA, FBI, HLS etc Blah...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:29:16 PM

Probably a bit of development to go.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:28:01 PM

Old news too, but this looks good
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:25:45 PM

The technology will only ever be used for nuclear and other explosive payloads - never 'people' payloads.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:23:22 PM

do we really need it
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:23:03 PM

WOW! COOL!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:22:35 PM

Interesting article...
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:22:19 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:20:03 PM

SR71 flew from LA to DC in 64 minutes and NY to London in less than 2hrs, and it was built in the 60s.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:18:03 PM

could be nice technology
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:17:04 PM


New York to LA in 46 minutes does not seem useful or necessary. I wonder what it uses for fuel and what kind of mileage it gets. Only the military can afford it; time to cut the Pentagon’s budget.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:12:07 PM

Maybe useless, but interesting.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:11:58 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:09:20 PM

keep burning that money
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:09:12 PM

Just what we need! What would it be used for and what does it cost?
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:06:28 PM

Wow!!!! That's amazing.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:06:24 PM

The Pentagon said it spent about $2 billion on technology and engineering around hypersonic flight over the last decade, the Times reports. This program is estimated to cost $140 million, according to Globalsecurity.org, a military policy research website.
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yours and my tax dollars at work
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:06:11 PM

Cool!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:04:32 PM

I thought the scram jet did not exist.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:04:04 PM

What's they want prove.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 10:01:54 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:54:52 PM

Useless! This is a waste of time, money, and energy!
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:53:48 PM

US Military = Money to burn
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:53:45 PM

Cool! Not sure I want to fly in one.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:52:20 PM

I have not been in an airplane since the 1970's I sure would not want to fly in an airplane flying at super sonic speed.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:50:52 PM

wow
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:50:47 PM

46 minutes will definitely not be bargain priced! only for the richer flyers who can afford it
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2012 9:50:44 PM

Wonder if there's any light-shift?
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