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The fastest rocket ever built is up for auction

An historic HFL Kholod Mach 6.47 scramjet jointly developed by NASA and CIAM -- the fastest rocket ever built -- is going under the hammer in September.

By July 21, 2014

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X-51A Waverider hits Mach 5.1 in final flight

The accomplishment marks the longest flight for the $300 million X-51A technology demonstration program and, according to the Air Force and Boeing, the longest scramjet-powered hypersonic flight ever.

By May 3, 2013

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Futuristic X-51A fails in hypersonic bid

Trouble with a control fin on the sleek, scramjet-powered aircraft puts an abrupt and early end to the Air Force's attempt at a Mach 6 flight.

By August 15, 2012

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X-51A races to hypersonic record

The Air Force's experimental, scramjet-powered Waverider makes a short but historic flight in a test range over the Pacific Ocean.

By May 26, 2010

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New brief on DARPA's Vulcan engine

Vulcan combines turbine and scramjet engines to power hypersonic vehicle.

By June 24, 2008

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Photos: NASA's X-43A "scramjet"

A peek at the rocket plane that broke the airspeed record.

November 16, 2004

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Photo: NASA's X-43A scramjet

Monday's flight of the X-43A is to test a type of supersonic engine that uses forward motion for power.

November 15, 2004

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Rocket plane breaks airspeed record

NASA successfully tests Mach 10 rocket-powered "scramjet" after a day's delay. Photos: NASA's X-43A "scramjet"

By November 16, 2004

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NASA tries to set airspeed record

Space agency wants to see if pilotless aircraft has right stuff to travel at 10 times the speed of sound. Photo: NASA's X-43A scramjet

By November 15, 2004