Called the X-51A Waverider, this futuristic scramjet will take you from London to New York in 1-hour or less. That’s right, it’s “designed to ride on its own shockwave, accelerating to about Mach 6,” as it climbs to nearly 70,000-feet. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The craft, called the X-51A Waverider, is currently being prepared at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.Tomorrow, it will take part in a key test. Attached to a B-52 bomber’s wing, it will be taken from Edwards to about 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu. there’ it will be dropped and the engines fired. The entire mission will last just 300 seconds, but will be the longest the craft has ever flown for.