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Pertaining to or characterized by supersonic speeds of Mach 5 or greater. Although any speed above the speed of sound may be referred to as supersonic, speeds of Mach 5 or greater are specifically referred to as hypersonic.
[hyper- + L. sonus, sound]
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The RAND Corporation Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of Hypersonic Glide Vehicles and Hypersonic Cruise Missiles
The hypersonic arms race is little talked about outside of military circles, but it should be.
But the Australian military had limited success in hypersonic tests in 2010.
Missile Defense Agency is currently focused on upgrading the Army's Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, so it can precisely deal with a target that has hypersonic threats.
To review the European capabilities in terms of deployable and inflatable heatshield and hypersonic decelerator technologies and toassess the potential which such technologies might bring to enable new mission concepts for Mars exploration.
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The hypersonic is the Pentagon's main choice for a new long-range, rapid attack weapon, a senior official said.
The statement confirmed a report by the online Washington Free Beacon newspaper that the hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) was detected flying at 10 times the speed of sound over China last week.
Washington: Boeing's X-51A Waverider made history this week when it achieved the longest hypersonic flight by a jet-fuel powered aircraft, flying for 3-1/2 minutes at five times the speed of sound, the US Air Force said on Friday.
Remington indicates that the burn tube at the base of the Hypersonic wad pushes the wad a bit further down the hull upon detonation, being that the small charge of tube-incased powder is set off first.
MOSCOW, Shawwal 9, 1433, Aug 27, 2012, SPA -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said his country should consider developing a hypersonic aircraft for its long-range bomber needs, UPI reported.
Summary: A hypersonic plane with the potential to cut journey times from London to New York to an hour is set to be tested by the US military.