Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fin flaws spell death for rockets (and hypersonic planes)


The US Air Force reports that the latest flight of the X-51A Waverider failed due to a problem with a control fin.  The Waverider separated from its rocket booster but crashed before the scramjet was started. Don't think this is a new photo, but it is a cool one. (seen via ParabolicArc)