6-19-2000: HXFE/VFS closes out a highly successful test
program in the LaRC 8-Ft. High Temperature Tunnel after completing a
total of 54 successful tests (14 unfueled and 40 fueled).
Shown below left is the Hyper-X Flight Engine (HXFE) installed on the
Vehicle Flowpath Simulator (VFS) during a test in the NASA Langley 8-ft.
High Temperature Tunnel.
Hyper-X (X-43) in the 8-Ft. High Temperature
Successful Fueled Run
Quicktime Movie: 240x180xMillions (865KB) LV-1999-00039.mov.
Description: Supersonic flow is established in
the test section of the 8-FT. HTT. The HXFE/VFS is then injected
into the test section. Three jets of cooling water can be seen
emanating from the cowl and sidewall leading edges as the cowl
flap is opened and the inlet flow is established. The plume
at the exit of the engine widens with engine ignition and increased
levels of fueling. At the end of the test the facility combustor
is turned off causing the model to become obscured by condensation
(fog) as it is being retracted.
Hyper-X (X-43) 8-Ft. High Temperature Tunnel, Hypersonic
Airbreathing Propulsion Branch Test Team
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