NASA's new X-43A "scramjet" develops the speed of 11 260km/h for 10 or 11 seconds.
In March, &to=http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/378/12181_.html' target=_blank>Nasa launched an experimental jet that reached a record-setting speed of about 8 050km/h. Now researchers want to leave that milestone in the dust.
Nasa's third and last X-43A "scramjet" was set to streak over the Pacific Ocean on Monday at 11 260km/h for 10 or 11 seconds - or 10 times the speed of sound.
The first X-43A flight failed in June 2001 when the &to=http://english.pravda.ru/world/2002/07/23/33044.html' target=_blank>booster rocket used to accelerate it to flight speed veered off course and had to be destroyed, reports Independent Online.
According to BBC, scramjets could be used to carry a spacecraft high into the atmosphere, after which a rocket would take over to propel the payload into space.
"We can't replace rockets, but we could use air from the atmosphere for two-thirds of the trip. That might give us the ability to carry bigger payloads for the same amount of money," Sitz added.
The General Staff noted that the document appeared at a time when Russia was trying to deter the arms race unleashed by the United States