Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia are preparing for the world's first test flight of a hypersonic "scramjet" engine they believe could one day allow commercial airline passengers to fly at a speed of Mach 8. In the Oct. 25 test from the Woomera launch range, two of the prototype engines called "Hyshot" will be launched as conventional rockets - riding on Terrier-Orion Mk70 boosters to an altitude of 196 miles before falling back to Earth, Aerospace Daily ...

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