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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: NASANews@hq.nasa.gov Original Subject: X-43A NEARS FIRST HYPERSONIC FLIGHT Original Date: Wed, 30 May
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      Original Subject: X-43A NEARS FIRST HYPERSONIC FLIGHT
      Original Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 14:40:24 -0400 (EDT)

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      Jim Cast
      Headquarters, Washington, DC May 30, 2001
      (Phone: 202/358-1779)

      Leslie Williams
      Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA
      (Phone: 661/276-3893)

      Keith Henry/Chris Rink
      Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
      (Phone: 757/864-6120, 6786)

      NOTE TO EDITORS: N01-34

      X-43A NEARS FIRST HYPERSONIC FLIGHT

      Imagine an aircraft that can fly at rocket speeds, seven
      times the speed of sound. NASA engineers are preparing for the
      first in a series of test flights that will turn imagination
      into reality with the X-43A and its hypersonic engine.

      The first of three scheduled test flights of NASA's scramjet-
      propelled aircraft could come as early as June 2. A second
      flight is scheduled for this winter and a final X-43A flight
      is set for late next year.

      Typical of any "X," or experimental program, X-43A will fly
      only when weather conditions and all technical factors point
      to the best chance of success.

      The X-43A, 12-feet long with a 5-foot wingspan, will be
      dropped from a B-52 bomber flying from NASA's Dryden Flight
      Research Center, Edwards, CA. After being boosted by a Pegasus
      rocket, the X43A will fly at speeds approaching Mach 7 before
      splashing into the Pacific Ocean.

      If the first flight occurs Saturday, June 2, a press
      conference will be held a couple of hours after the B-52
      carrier aircraft returns to base. NASA Television will carry
      the news conference and will air video replays of the X-43A
      flight.

      Two-way question and answer capability will be available at
      both Dryden and NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

      NASA TV is broadcast on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located
      at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880 MHz. Polarization
      is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.

      Beginning Thursday, May 31, regularly updated status reports
      on the flight of X-43A will be available by calling Dryden at
      661/276-2564, or on the Internet at:

      http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Projects/hyperx/developments.html

      Additional information on the X-43A and NASA's Hyper-X program
      can also be accessed at the following internet sites:

      http://oea.larc.nasa.gov/PAIS/Hyper-X.html
      http://hyper-x.larc.nasa.gov
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