Boeing X-51A Waverider

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  1. TheHeebrewHammer

    TheHeebrewHammer New Member

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    The Boeing X-51 is a scramjet demonstration vehicle for hypersonic (Mach 7, around 8,050 km/h) flight testing. The X-51A WaveRider program is a consortium of the US Air Force, DARPA, NASA, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The program is managed by the Propulsion Directorate within the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

    The X-51 is a descendant of earlier efforts including the Advanced Rapid Response Missile Demonstrator and the liquid hydrocarbon-fuelled scramjet engine developed under the USAF’s HyTech program. The scramjet flight test vehicle was designated X-51 on 27 September 2005.

    The X-51 is carried aloft by a B-52 bomber and then launched with the aid of a solid rocket booster. The first flight of the X-51 is expected in 2009. DARPA had viewed X-51 as a stepping stone to Blackswift,[3] a planned hypersonic demonstrator that was canceled in October 2008

    In 2009 a total of 4 test flights are scheduled. The first flight of the X-51A is targeted for October 27, 2009 and Boeing has proposed to the Air Force Research Laboratory to extend the test flights from four to six.

    Aviation Week article.
    http://tinyurl.com/mgac42

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    Static model of the X-51
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    A pic of the model of the booster is attached.

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  2. piginapoke

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    I'm also interested in modelling or scratch building the X planes. There aren't many of them around, given that we are up to X-53.

    When I've got some more experience, particularly with modelling software, then I might just give it a go!

    Nice pictures. The full view of the model looks computer generated or is just me?
  3. TheHeebrewHammer

    TheHeebrewHammer New Member

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    Those first two pics are computer generated. But there should be actual flights some time later in 2009.