Overview With Results and Lessons Learned of the X-43A Mach 10 Flight

Laurie Marshall, Catherine Bahm, Griffin Corpening, Robert Sherrill
2005 AIAA/CIRA 13th International Space Planes and Hypersonics Systems and Technologies Conference   unpublished
This paper provides an overview of the final flight of the NASA X-43A project. The project consisted of three flights, two planned for Mach 7 and one for Mach 10. The third and final flight, November 16, 2004, was the first Mach 10 flight demonstration of an airframe-integrated, scramjet-powered, hypersonic vehicle. The goals and objectives for the project as well as those for the third flight are presented. The configuration of the Hyper-X stack including the X-43A, Hyper-X launch vehicle, and
more » ... launch vehicle, and Hyper-X research vehicle adapter is discussed. The second flight of the X-43A was successfully conducted on March 27, 2004. Mission differences, vehicle modifications and lessons learned from the second flight as they applied to the third flight are also discussed. An overview of flight 3 results is presented.
doi:10.2514/6.2005-3336 fatcat:qz5rsn4qenbz7cfmyqheqea76e