EADS/LFK is preparing for the second flight in its Hypersonic Technology Programme, with modifications it believes will see the missile exceed the previous world record of Mach 6.5 set during the first flight in February 2002.

Next flight is scheduled for August. Compared with the previous test, which used lattice fins, planar fins designed for extremely high speeds will be employed.

Attention will be focussed on hypersonic aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics (impact point temperatures of up to 2,700°C are anticipated) and heat-resistant composites.

Samples of high-temperature materials submitted by industrial partners will be on board.

Source: Flight Daily News