X-15 hypersonic aircraft


Engineers are taking the first steps towards developing an aircraft capable of hypersonic flight that can take off and land conventionally. The world’s first hypersonic aircraft was NASA’s rocket-propelled X-15, which flew Mach 6.72 in October 1967, a record that still stands today. X-15 flew 199 times, but do you know how it was launched?

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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