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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