NASA Unveils Scramjet Prototype
from the who-needs-fuel-when-you've-got-oxygen dept
NASA is getting ready to test their new “scramjet” prototype plane. People have talked about such technologies for years, but they’ve been pretty difficult to build. Everyone involved seems to think this could be a revolutionary step in air travel. If you’re unfamiliar with the scramjet concept, it’s to take oxygen from the air as its fuel. This prototype is going to fly at 5,000 mph, but can’t take off or land on its own yet. They suggest that practical applications of the technology won’t show up for another 25 years or so.