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AFRL’s X-60A Hypersonic Rocket Reaches New Milestone in Recent Test

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Air Force Research Laboratory and its contractor have demonstrated the integrated performance of the X-60A hypersonic rocket's propulsion system during a recent series of ground tests.

The propulsion system underwent cold-flow and hot-fire trials with realistic procedures and hardware, the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday.

X-60A is designed to perform hypersonic flight for research and development efforts that require an easily accessible rocket able to exceed Mach 5 in speed.

Generation Orbit Launch Services serves as the program's contractor under a small business innovation agreement with AFRL. Ursa Major Technologies provided a Hadley liquid rocket engine for hot-fire and cold-flow testing.

“This test series was a critical step in reducing risk and gathering necessary system integration data in preparation for our upcoming flight tests,” said Barry Hellman, X-60A program manager at AFRL.

The hypersonic rocket will undergo fight-testing from Florida-based Cecil Spaceport for further evaluation and maturation.