Friday, May 28, 2010

Fantastic Future Friday: Hypersonic Aircraft

Yesterday the Air Force’s X51A Waverider flew for 3 minutes at 6 times the speed of sound. To quote Joe Biden, “This is a big fucking deal.”

I’ve written about Hypersonic Aircraft in the past in my “7 innovations that will change the decade.” Now that the Air Force has made it work it is a matter of incremental progress to bring it down to Earth, so to speak, and have it become available for all sorts of uses.

This really is the start of a new chapter in aviation much like the change from low performance propeller planes before WWII to the switch to jets after the war. Once Hypersonic Aircraft start regularly operating our current subsonic jets will look like antiques as the new aircraft will travel at the edge of space and are able to go any where in the world within a few hours.

With the Waverider moving beyond the proof of concept stage it will usher in a fantastic future.

By Darrell B. Nelson author of Invasive Thoughts

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