GlobalSecurity reports that an X-51A WaveRider scramjet successfully completed “the longest supersonic combustion ramjet-powered hypersonic flight May 26 off the southern California Pacific coast.” Continue reading for two videos.

Different from other scramjet technology, the X-51A Waverider literally rides on the supersonic waves, using them as a direct flow intake into the propulsion chamber, where it is immediately converted into thrust.

[via ManolithGlobalsecurity]