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NASA wants hypersonic plane, puts aside $15 million
According to the NASA Aeronautics 2010 proposal, it's putting aside $5million a year for the next three years to support the development of this reusable aircraft. The Daily Mail continues:
The proposal says: 'The hypersonic heating environment, coupled with the emphasis on reusability, creates additional severe technology challenges for materials, material coatings, and structures that not only carry the aerodynamic loads of the air but also repeatedly sustain high thermal loads requiring long-life and durability while minimizing weight.
It looks like the future may be close. The X-51A Waverider scramjet hit Mach 6 this summer and flew on its own for 200 seconds. But, it had to get started by being dropped from a B-52 bomber. NASA's plan is for something that can take off and land on its own.
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