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The Process Involved in Aircraft Design

Drawing of the Hyper-X aircraft model showing the airflow around it

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 5-8
Year: 2001
Subjects: Physical Science

This NASA video segment explores how scientists at NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., design and test the Hyper-X aircraft. The Hyper-X is an experimental airplane designed to travel at Mach 10. Viewers learn that although engineers designed the Hyper-X with a slender body, a triangular-shaped tip was added to provide turbulent flow of air around the scramjet engine. Viewers also learn that engineers perform wind tunnel tests to measure an airplane's performance, evaluate the outcomes and make modifications if necessary. A demonstration of an extinguished candle illustrates the difference between laminar and turbulent air flow.

The Process Involved in Aircraft Design
Duration: 5 minutes 35 seconds
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Other video learning clips in this series:
NASA's Experimental Plane: What It Is and What It Does
Hands-on Aircraft Design Activity
Preparing for Flight: Testing the Hyper-X
Plane Math Online Activity

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