Saturday , 25 January 2020

DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: X-51A Waverider

The X-51A Waverider. U.S. Air Force graphic
The X-51A Waverider. Courtesy of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

We held a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable to discuss the X-51A Waverider, a hypersonic flight test demonstrator built for the Air Force Research Laboratory, on June 1. The X-51A made its first hypersonic flight attempt Wednesday, May 26, from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. It was the longest-ever hypersonic flight powered by a supersonic combustion ramjet engine.

Charlie Brink, Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-51A Scramjet Engine Demonstrator program manager; Joseph Vogel, Boeing Phantom Works/Defense, Space & Security Director of Hypersonics X-51A program manager; and George Thum, X-51A Program Manager, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, will participate in a Roundtable to discuss the X-51 test.

Listen to the interview.

To read theĀ transcript.

Read the article “New Air Force Scramjet Makes Historic Flight.”

Joining us on the call were Douglas Barr,; Dale Kissinger, Military; Guy Norris, Aviation Week; John Croft, The Croft Files; Graham Warwick, Aviation Week; Jeremy Hsu,; Rachael Courtland, News Scientist; and Marina Malenic, Defense Daily.

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