Preparing for Flight: Testing the Hyper-X
A B-52 jet carries a Pegasus rocket with the Hyper-X airplane attached

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-8
Year: 2001


This NASA video segment explores how engineers at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., flight-tested the Hyper-X, an experimental plane designed to travel at Mach 10. Viewers learn how the Hyper-X is launched and how engineers monitor the aircraft's performance using data displays on specialized screens. The segment discusses how algebra plays an important role in analyzing the data.

Note: The Hyper-X aircraft successfully reached Mach 9.6 in November 2004.

Preparing for Flight: Testing the Hyper-X
Duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds
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This video clip is part of the NASA CONNECT™: Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series:
NASA's Experimental Plane: What It Is and What It Does
The Process Involved in Aircraft Design
Hands-on Aircraft Design Activity
Plane Math Online Activity