In late December, DailyTech
brought you information on the Pentagon's intention
to further the development of the scramjet-powered X-51A hypersonic cruise
Given the principles on which the scramjet engine is based,
the X-51A cannot reach its top speed under its own power. In current design
proposals, the X-51A is to be carried aloft via a B-52 Stratofortress and
hustled to supersonic speeds via a booster rocket. Once optimal velocity is
achieved for the scramjet to function, the 14-foot X-51A would then cruise to
Mach 5+ (3600 MPH+) under its own power.
The latest reports from Boeing suggest that the X-51A will
make its first flight tests during 2009.
In the mean time, China is working on a scramjet missile
prototype of its own. The missile would be capable of reaching Mach 5.6. In
order to further develop its scramjet program, China has already built a
Hypersonic Propulsion Test Facility (HPTF).
The Laboratory of High-Temperature Gas Dynamics, which is
located at the HPTF, is "devoted to the fundamentals of hypersonic and
high-temperature gas dynamics including detonation phenomena, supersonic
combustion, chemical reactions, shock-wave/vortex interactions and
thermal-chemical flow characteristics," according to Aviation
"China has the greatest potential to compete militarily
with the U.S. and field disruptive military technologies that could, over time,
offset traditional U.S. military advantages," stated a 2006 Pentagon
If its scramjet program succeeds, China will likely have hypersonic
global-strike capabilities within 20 to 30 years.
quote: If its scramjet program succeeds, China will likely have hypersonic global-strike capabilities within 20 to 30 years.
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