Flight test of China's first experimental superfast aircraft 'hugely successful'

Published on: Aug 6, 2018 17:42 IST
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Reports have poured in stating that China has successfully developed a cutting-edge hypersonic aircraft. The said warcraft rides its own shock waves and has already been flight tested. The first, "hugely successful" flight- test of the aircraft, named as the Starry Sky 2 also billed as China's first hypersonic experimental waverider vehicle was conducted last week at an unidentified testing field, somewhere in northwest China, as announced by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.

What makes the waverider unique is that it has a wedge-shaped fuselage put in place in a bid to improve its supersonic lift-to-drag ratio by using the shock waves generated by its own flight as a lifting force. The Starry Sky 2 took the team China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp a total of three years to design.

The academy further said that the Starry Sky 2 kept flying at ultrafast speeds above Mach 5.5 for above 400 seconds, and was also able to touch the Mach 6 (7,344 km/h) speed range during the test. The new aircraft now joins the list of the fastest aircraft ever built, rivalling the likes of the US HTV-2 (though not a waverider) which a record speed of Mach 20 (24,480 km/h) and the Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25, which boasts a maximum speed of 3,470 km/h.

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