An experimental pulse-detonation-powered aircraft should begin test flights next month at Mojave, Calif., now that the FAA has issued it an airworthiness certificate. Powered by a pulse detonation engine (PDE) developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Combustion Science Branch, the aircraft, a Rutan LongEZ, will be flown by pilots from Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites. The aircraft is expected to make 3-10 short flights. During each "we'll probably fly a few circles and land to ...


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