Exploring the Envelope Investigators at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory here are now advocating two series of flight tests to fully explore the hypersonic propulsion potential of hydrocarbon-fueled supersonic combustion ramjets. Program managers originally had expected to conduct a single series of scramjet flights on NASA's X-43C hypersonic demonstrator. The aim was to examine scramjet suitability for reusable civil space launch applications. However, the continuing success ...

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