Hypersonic rockets did have a successful test – US military

At least one rocket in NASA’s FireFlight test program ignited on take-off and recorded its sonic boom

The US military has tested three hypersonic rockets, two of which resulted in a sonic boom – a notable achievement in the development of hypersonic technology.

The US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board met at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Barbara, California, on Friday and determined that the hypersonic rocket test series did have a “successful test.”

NBC Los Angeles reported that the SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket booster ignited on take-off and recorded its sonic boom.

Progress video from NASA’s FireFlight test program:

Progress video from NASA’s FireFlight test program:

Progress video from NASA’s FireFlight test program:

In February, the Air Force launched a hypersonic plane known as the X-51A WaveRider, hoping to prove the rocket technology’s ability to take off and return to Earth more quickly.

However, the rocket failed during landing.

“Clearly an A2APO learning event. However, from my perspective this mission was successful,” an unnamed Air Force official said on the Air Force official Twitter account. “Let the work roll from here.”

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