This page provides links to information on various supersonic ramjet and other advanced airbreathing propulsion schemes. HobbySpace is a part of Space-H Services. Site Info. Hypersonics Assessing the practicality of scramjet-powered, single-stage aerospaceplanes - The Space Review - Mar. McClinton - Scientific American - Feb.
US Air Force's XA Waverider scramjet sets hypersonic flight record - KodiForIphone.com
A scramjet supersonic combustion ramjet is a variant of a ramjet airbreathing jet engine in which combustion takes place in supersonic airflow. As in ramjets, a scramjet relies on high vehicle speed to compress the incoming air forcefully before combustion hence ram jet , but whereas a ramjet decelerates the air to subsonic velocities before combustion, the airflow in a scramjet is supersonic throughout the entire engine. That allows the scramjet to operate efficiently at extremely high speeds. During World War II , a tremendous amount of time and effort were put into researching high-speed rocket-powered aircraft , predominantly by the Germans.
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The XA Waverider hypersonic scramjet project is set for its second test flight today, and the U. Air Force hopes it will demonstrate technology that can eventually be used for more efficient transport of payloads into orbit. The craft will be carried to 15, meters 50, ft.