Supersonic Drone Hits Top Speed of Mach 0.9 in Test Flight

Venus Aerospace's drone flew for 10 miles during the test, which demonstrated flight controls, stability, air launch, and one leg of the ultimate Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE) propulsion system By Joe Macey / 05 Apr 2024
Supersonic Drone Hits Top Speed of Mach 0.9 in Test Flight
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The first flight of Venus Aerospace’s supersonic flight test drone has been completed, dropped at an altitude of 12,000ft.

The eight foot, 300lb drone accelerated to a top speed of Mach 0.9, flying for 10 miles. 

It was powered by a hydrogen peroxide monopropellant engine at 80% thrust in order to not exceed Mach 1.

The test successfully demonstrated flight controls, stability, one leg of the ultimate Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine (RDRE) propulsion system, telemetry, ground operations, and air launch. 

“Using an air-launched platform and a rocket-with-wing configuration allows us to cheaply and quickly get to the minimum viable test of our RDRE as a hypersonic engine. The team executed with professionalism and has a wealth of data to anchor and tweak for the next flight,” said CTO & Co-Founder Andrew Duggleby.

“This is how you do hard things: one bite at a time. Up next is RDRE flight, and ultimately hypersonic flight, proving that the RDRE is the engine that unlocks the hypersonic economy,” added CEO & Co-Founder Sarah “Sassie” Duggleby.

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