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  1. #1 NASA Tries to Break Speed Record With Last Plane Test 
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    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...wlHwk&refer=us

    Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- NASA will test its latest jet-powered aircraft for the final time next week, aiming to set a world record by flying at 10 times the speed of sound.
    The airplane will release the rocket and scramjet at about 40,000 feet, and the rocket will take the X-43A to about 110,000 feet. The aircraft will separate from the Pegasus, undergo 10 seconds of powered flight and then drop into the Pacific Ocean.
    Isn't this kind of cheating when you get to such a high altitude? At what speed does the space shuttle orbit the earth?


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    Well this is now old news, as they have in fact achieved their goal of Mach 9.8 or 7,000 mph. That's pretty damn fast


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