Something amazing

With the seemingly never-ending oil leak in the Gulf reminding us how fragile and even useless our technology can be, a bit of amazement came our way today courtesy of the US Air Force. After some years of development, a team funded by the Air Force has flown a vehicle that makes every other flying machine look like it’s standing still. With over three minutes of powered flight at over Mach 6, the X-51A has become the fastest thing flying without the aid of a rocket. While the technology it represents has many applications (some of which are far from noble, such as super-fast bombers), the chance that something arising from the X51A could spell a new route into space is something to give techies at least a little bit of hope.
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