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Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) first flight

NASA/Lori Losey1997-10-31

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A NASA SR-71 successfully completed its first flight 31 October 1997 as part of the NASA/Rocketdyne/Lockheed Martin Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.
The SR-71 took off at 8:31 a.m. PST. The aircraft flew for one hour and fifty minutes, reaching a maximum speed of Mach 1.2 before landing at Edwards at 10:21 a.m. PST, successfully validating the SR-71/linear aerospike experiment configuration.

The goal of the first flight was to evaluate the aerodynamic characteristics and the handling of the SR-71/linear aerospike experiment configuration. The engine was not fired during the flight.

Details

  • Title: Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment (LASRE) first flight
  • Creator: NASA/Lori Losey
  • Date Created: 1997-10-31
  • Location: AFRC
  • Rights: AFRC
  • Album: mgmurph1

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