- 1 April 2006
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NASA-Langley hypersonic research airplane design from ca.1976
Hypersonic Plane by Leslie Bossinas. Artist’s concept of an aerospace plane showing aero-thermal heating effects caused by friction as the vehicle flies hypersonically through the atmosphere. The National Aero-Space Plane program provided technology for space launch vehicles and hypersonic cruise vehicles. This vehicle with advanced airbreathing engines would have the capability to take off horizontally from and land on conventional runways, accelerate to orbit, and cruise hypersonically in the atmosphere between Earth destinations. (NASA Art Program, Image 86-HC-217).