Test firing of the SJY61 scramjet (Image: NASA)
X-51 mounted on B-52 bomber wing (Image: Chad Bellay, United States Air Force)
X-51a Waverider on wing of a B-52 (Inage: U.S. Air Force)
X-51a Waverider on wing of a B-52 (Image: U.S. Air Force/Mike Cassidy)
Artists concept of the X-51A (Image: US Air Force)
The United States Air Force (USAF) has released the results of last August’s third test of the X-51a Waverider, which resulted in the crash of the unmanned scramjet demonstrator. At a press teleconference featuring the Program Manager for Air Force Research Laboratory, Charles Brink, it was confirmed that a malfunctioning fin was the cause of the crash. However, engineers are confident of correcting the fault in time for the fourth test flight scheduled for (Northern Hemisphere) late spring or early summer of next year.
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