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China's hypersonic waverider
« on: August 16, 2018, 05:46:31 PM »
China claims successful test of hypersonic waverider | Janes - 10 August 2018
The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of state-owned space and defence technology prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), announced on 3 August that it has successfully developed and tested China’s first experimental hypersonic waverider, called Xing Kong-2 (Starry Sky-2).

The institute stated on its official social media account that the hypersonic test vehicle was first carried by a solid-propellant rocket supplied by the Fourth Academy of the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation (CASIC), also known as the CASIC Delivery Technology Technical Research Institute.

CAAA claimed that the test vehicle – which it said had been in development for three years – was launched from an undisclosed launch facility in northwestern China and separated cleanly from the booster rocket following a 10-minute ascent and controlled transition, successfully engaging its own propulsion system to perform independent flight for over 400 seconds, attaining a maximum speed of Mach 6 and flight ceiling of 30 km (98,425 km/h).

The internally funded demonstration was aimed at validating core technologies that are vital to hypersonic flight, with CAAA noting that the test vehicle was subsequently recovered in its complete state at a designated landing zone.

An official image of the launch vehicle carrying the Starry Sky-2 waverider test vehicle during a 3 August test in northwestern China. Source: CASC