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14-X hypersonic vehicle

Country of Origin: Brazil


The 14-X is a hypersonic vehicle designed by Brazil to demonstrate speeds beyond Mach 7. Brazilian officials have indicated that if the design proves sound, the air vehicle could be scaled up and used to deliver miniature satellites into space.

The air vehicle is a waverider scramjet. Theoretically, air-breathing scramjets can carry 15 percent of their mass as payload. Rockets, by comparison, must carry their own oxygen for combustion and can accommodate payloads of only 5 percent...

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