Friday, 07 May, 2010 Technology
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Suborbital Civilian Aircraft Flying at Mach 3.5

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The French aerospace company called Dassault Aviation is currently working on a project that was inspired from X-38, the experimental jet from NASA.

The company's suborbital civilian spacecraft can reach a speed of Mach 3.5 and fly at an altitude of 100 kilometers.

Weighting 11 tons, this reusable hypersonic spacecraft can carry up to six passengers. It is separated from the wing of a commercial aircraft that flies at an altitude of 7.62 kilometers.

After allowing the passengers to feel weightless for about three minutes, the spacecraft lands like a regular aircraft. More information is available here.

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