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X-43A

Orbital Sciences Corp. technicians remove protective shrouds from the modified Pegasus booster before takeoff on the X-43As Mach 9.6 record scramjet flight.

 
Photo Number: EC04-0327-16
Photo Date: November 16, 2004
 
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Description:
Orbital Sciences Corp. technicians remove protective shrouds from the modified Pegasus booster before takeoff on the X-43As Mach 9.6 record scramjet flight.
 
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: Tom Tschida
 
Keywords: X-43A, X-43, Hyper-X, mach 10, vehicle 3, #3, hypersonic, B-52, B-52B, mothership, scramjet, Pegasus booster rocket, Orbital Sciences Corp.
 


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