SPEAR-Hypersonic Rocket Team Initial Results
Initial results- hypersonic speed achieved of Mach 5.03 and inertial distance of 84 km! That is well into a near vacuum of the area transitioning between the mesosphere and thermosphere. The Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Air Force, and NASA, define space as an altitude of 80 km (50 miles) and awards astronaut wings to astronauts who fly above an altitude of 50 miles, or approximately 80 kilometers. Congratulations to the team from West Point Civil & Mechanical Engineering, Physics & Nuclear Engineering, and Chemistry & Life Sciences. Well done!