Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE) team have announced that their 2nd flight test on the 22nd of March has been successful at Woomera in the South Australian Outback.
The test took the flight vehicle into space to an altitude of 200km, before it dived back into the earths atmosphere at a hypersonic speed greater than Mach-5, or 5830km/h. The vehicle itself crashed into the ground 10 minutes after launch, with valuable flight and testing data transmitted to the ground station.
The test flight is the 2nd of 10 planned for the HIFiRE program, which is a joint research program between the Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).