The X-15 airplane - Lessons learnedThe X-15 rocket research airplane flew to an altitude of 354,000 ft and reached Mach 6.70. In almost 200 flights, this airplane was used to gather aerodynamic-heating, structural loads, stability and control, and atmospheric-reentry data. This paper describes the origins, design, and operation of the X-15 airplane. In addition, lessons learned from the X-15 airplane that are applicable to designing and testing the National Aero-Space Plane are discussed.
Dana, William H. (NASA Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1993
AIAA PAPER 93-0309
Meeting: AIAA, Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit