What about a very quick trip to New York from London, that will last a bit more than an hour? Say hello to the new hypersonic air vehicle.
How the Waverider might look like. Credit EPA
The idea of constructing a new hypersonic air vehicle based on the X-51 Waverider, is now interesting the Air Force.
Experts at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Pentagon, are working to create a new hypersonic aircraft that can travel at speeds up to Mach 5, by 2023.
A successful flight test of the X-51 Waverider at 60,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean was made on May 2013.
Mica Endsley, chief scientist, that was working with DARPA, to bring the plane into action by 2023, told to military.com:
‘X-51 was really a proof of concept test. It showed that you could get a scram jet engine, launch it off an aircraft and it could go hypersonic.
It was able to go more than Mach 5 until it ran out of fuel. It was a very successful test of an airborne hypersonic weapons system.’