Imagine a day when you fly from London to New York in under 1 hour. Sounds too good to be true, but this may soon be possible. Hypersonic flights are going to be the future and time travel in planes will be reduced drastically. In the test mission funded by NASA and Pentagon, the X-51A Wave Rider supersonic jet designed to ride on its own shock wave and accelerate to Mach 6 will take to the skies.
The cutting edge futuristic craft will be attached to a B52 bomber and dropped from 50,000 feet near Point Mugu promontory. Soon after which a rocket booster will ignite and speed up the craft at about 4.5. If all goes as planned, the engine of the craft will take over and push the speed in excess of Mach 6 lifting the craft to 70,000 feet. The mission is expected to last 300 seconds. If successful, it will be the longest time the experimental craft has ever flown.
After the historic flight mission the craft will crash at sea, and NASA and Pentagon have revealed no plans to recover it. Deputy For technology, High Speeds Systems Division at Air Force Laboratory Ohio, Robert Mercier told Los Angeles Times “Attaining sustained hypersonic flight is like going from propeller driven aircraft to jet aircraft.”