Briefing set as Hyper-X flight preparations begin
The first of three unpiloted X-43 vehicles in NASA Langley
Research Centers Hyper-X program will soon begin hypersonic
Flying from seven to ten times the speed of sound, using
air-breathing scramjet engines instead of traditional rocket power,
the smaller, 12-foot-long X-43 could represent a major leap forward
in the goal of providing faster, more reliable and less expensive
access to space.
The NASA Hyper-X Programs development and testing of the
Hyper-X vehicle is conducted jointly by NASA Langley and NASA
Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. Langley is
NASAs lead center for hypersonic technology development;
Dryden will flight test the scramjet in late May or early June.
On Wednesday, April 18, at 1 p.m., EDT, NASA will conduct a
press briefing from Dryden featuring Vince Rausch, NASA Langley
Hyper-X program manager. Rausch and other project officials will
outline plans for upcoming X-43 flights and the Hyper-X
The briefing will be carried live on NASA TV with two-way
question-and-answer capability for reporters covering the event at
the NASA Langley Newsroom. Also at Langley, interested media will
have the opportunity to interview senior Hyper-X officials and see
a full-scale test model with a working scramjet engine in the
8-Foot High Temperature Tunnel.
The NASA Langley Newsroom is in Building 1202 on North Dryden
Street. Reporters will be met at the gate and provided with badges
by a representative of the Public Affairs Office.
The news briefing will be carried on NASA Television, which is
available on GE-2, transponder 9C, located at 85 degrees West
longitude, with vertical polarization. Frequency will be on 3880
MHz, with audio on 6.8 MHz.
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