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New Aircraft Travels Mach 7.5 with Scramjet Engine

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New Aircraft Travels Mach 7.5 with Scramjet Engine

An Australian-United States team reached one step closer to hyper-sonic flight with their most recent experimental jet at the Woomera Test Range in Australia, demonstrating the capacities of a scramjet engine.

The experimental craft developed by an Australian-United States team, HIFiRE, achieved their target speed of Mach 7.5 (5,710 mph), while reaching an apogee of 278 km with their new HIFiRE 5b jet. Supersonic flight has been around since 1947 since the Bell X-1 reached an impressive Mach 1.06 (700 miles/1,127 kilometres per hour) almost 70 years ago to date.

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