February 10, 2008

Supersonic jet could slash flying times

Filed under: General,Technology — wan muhamad azmi mamat @ 12:48 pm

An international team developing a new type of supersonic jet that would allow air travel at more than eight times the speed of sound said today that a test flight appeared to have succeeded.

A prototype of the scramjet, which uses the rush of oxygen in the air at high speeds to ignite hydrogen fuel, was blasted into the upper atmosphere on a rocket and allowed to plunge back to earth in the south Australian desert.

Researchers said they would have to wait a couple of weeks to marshal all the data before giving an authoritative assessment but the project leader, Dr Allan Paull of the University of Queensland, said: “It was at least a 95% success.”

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