Ability to fly at 7 times speed of sound could boost space flight.



Fifty-seven years after combat pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, NASA will make a second attempt Saturday at flying an aircraft at 5,000 mph — about seven times Mach 1, the speed of sound.

The space agency’s dogged pursuit of extreme speed, officials hope, will ultimately make space flight easier to accomplish.



NASA will roll out the X-43A, capable of reaching speeds more than Mach 7, in a test flight over the Pacific Ocean. The Hyper-X, as it is called, could also give rise to commercial planes that zip passengers between London and New York in less than two hours.
space flight easier to accomplish.



“It’s relatively simple in its concept,” …
space flight easier to accomplish.



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