Friday, August 17, 2012

The future of flight: Next generation of air travel


The future of flight 

An unmanned untried aircraft known as the Waverider or X-51A designed to fly six times the speed of sound broke separately over the Pacific Ocean seconds into a military test flight due to a faulty control fin.

The future of flight

The difficulty with the fin on the craft was acknowledged in a test flight on Tuesday, 16 seconds after a rocket booster on the distantly monitored craft was ignited to propel it forward, the Air Force said in a statement.

The future of flight

Fifteen seconds later, when the X-51A separated from the rocket booster, it lost organize due to a "faulty manage fin," the statement said. The 31 seconds of flight fell far short of the military's goal for the X-51A to fly for five minutes.

The future of flight

The aircraft broke apart straight gone and fell into the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu northwest of Los Angeles, said Daryl Mayer, a spokesman for the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

1 comments: