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28 March, 2006

£1 million per go

I realise that it was a 'suicide mission' experiment and that the 'nominal trajectory' of Saturday's scramjet test in Australia was vertically downward, but it still feels odd to read the final sentence of the following as successful:

The engine was flown 330km up by a conventional rocket, and needed to be travelling at more than five times the speed of sound to kickstart the air-breathing scramjet. Hyshot III then accelerated to around 9,000km/h before slamming into the desert.
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