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X-43A

The Pegasus rocket that powered NASA's X-43A scramjet to almost Mach 10 test conditions leaves a bright arc in the Pacific sky during the boost phase.

 
Photo Number: EC04-0325-54
Photo Date: November 16, 2004
 
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Photo
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The Pegasus rocket that powered NASA‚s X-43A scramjet to almost Mach 10 test conditions leaves a bright arc in the Pacific sky during the boost phase.
 
Project
Description:
The high-risk, unpiloted X-43A flights are the first actual flight tests of an aircraft powered by a scramjet engine capable of operating at hypersonic speeds (above Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound). The X-43A is powered by a revolutionary air-breathing supersonic-combustion ramjet or "scramjet" engine.
 
NASA Photo by: Carla Thomas
 
Keywords: X-43A, X-43, Hyper-X, mach 10, vehicle 3, #3, hypersonic, B-52, B-52B, mothership, scramjet, Pegasus booster rocket
 


Last Modified: November 19, 2004
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