Friday, December 31, 2010
The X-51A WaveRider
On 25 May 2010, Boeing tested flight of the X-51 WaveRider which is an unmanned aerial vehicle in Edward Air Force Base. The X-51 was released from a B-52 bomber off the southern California coast and flown only five minutes. A supersonic combustion ram jet which accelerates to about Mach 6 – six times the speed of sound, can reach as high as 50,000 feet. The unmanned plane is able to attack anywhere in North Korea, Afghanistan, or Iran with one hour, and might be use to kill terrorists group in caves between Afghanistan and Pakistan.