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Friday, 18 March 2011

Modified X-51A Waverider Ready For Next Hypersonic Test

Wright-Patterson AFB OH (SPX) 
March 16, 2011

Air Force engineers currently plan to fly the second X-51A Waverider hypersonic flight test demonstrator as early as March 22, program officials said March 15.
"We are proud of the first flight results, and at the same time we understand the inherent risk in a high-technology demonstrator like the X-51A," said Curtis Berger, the director of the hypersonics programs at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, the company that built the X-51A's fuel-cooled supersonic combustion ramjet, or scramjet engine.  "We can't wait to get this second vehicle in the air and show what we can do."
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