Hypersonic X-51 Fails In Latest Test

X-51A Mach 5 Testing (wikipedia)
X-51A Mach 5 Testing (Source: Wikipedia)

AviationWeek is reporting that the latest trial of the X-51 hypersonic experimental aircraft has failed again.  This news has been confirmed by a number of sources.  Apparently one of the fins stabilizing the craft failed to function correctly, and the vehicle was lost over the Pacific.  The sad thing is that they were never able to even start the scramjet.  The USAF apparently has one prototype left, but they’re unsure whether they’ll fly it yet.  The test was an attempt to remedy the failure of last year which received much publicity.  It looks again like jetsetting American hamsters will have to wait longer for their x-51 enabled short hop to Tokyo.

  • DocWill

    What a shame. Too bad. I’d love to fly to Tokyo in an hour.