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Ames Mach 10 Demonstrator
American manned spaceplane. Ames proposed in 1957 to air-launch a high-wing designed hypersonic glider from a B-36 bomber. Early versions would use an XLR-99-powered booster stage and be capable of reaching Mach 6.

Status: Design 1957. Gross mass: 68,000 kg (149,000 lb).

The final version would be powered by a 68,000 kgf LR-89-NA-1 engine and reach Mach 10. The aircraft would be launched over the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral and then fly across the southern United States for a landing at Edward AFB in California.



Family: Spaceplane, Suborbital, US Rocketplanes. Country: USA. Engines: LR89-5. Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. Agency: NASA. Bibliography: 44.

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