Capability: Experimental aircraft used for Aircraft and Spacecraft design
Maiden Flight: 1959-06-08
Flight Life: ~10 minute flights
Crew Capacity: 1
Third X-15 experimental rocket plane. Destroyed during flight 191.
The North American X-15 currently holds the record for the highest speed in a manned, powered aircraft.
The three variants of the X-15 flew nearly 200 times, with 13 of them going over 80km high.
The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The X-15 reached altitudes of over 80km and speeds of over 6000 km/h.
The X-15 had a wingspan of 6.8 meters, and length of 15.4
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.