The problem with hypersonics is getting that fast in the first place. A significant number of attempts to fly beyond five times the speed of sound have failed not due to the advanced airframe or propulsion technology being tested, but because of the rocket booster needed to reach that speed. These failures have hindered understanding of complex hypersonic phenomena and hampered development of high-speed vehicles. The latest casualty may be the second test of the U.S. Army Hypersonic Weapon ...

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