X-43A aircraft

X-43A aircraft

S230/0041 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 14.1MB

Downloadable file size: 2.5MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Credit: NASA/DFRC/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: X-43A aircraft (black) being accelerated by a Pegasus booster rocket (white) on 27 March 2004. After being released from the rocket, the unpiloted X-43A aircraft, or Hypersonic Experimental Vehicle (Hyper-X) reached Mach 7 (7 times the speed of sound), breaking the speed record for a jet aircraft. The X-43A is powered by a Scramjet (supersonic-combustion ramjet) engine, but requires initial rocket propulsion to reach operating speeds. Unlike rockets, scramjets use oxygen obtained from the air as the aircraft flies, potentially increasing payload. The X-43A was launched by a B-52B aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base in California, USA.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: accelerating, acceleration, aeronautics, aeroplane, aircraft, airplane, american, california, dryden flight research centre, edwards air force base, experimental, fire, firing, flame, flaming, flight, flying, hyper-x, hypersonic, launching, mach 7, nasa, pegasus booster rocket, rocket-powered, scramjet, second, seven, supersonic-combustion ramjet, transportation, unmanned, unpiloted, x-43a

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.