While "design/build" contests are currently very popular, our intent is to capture the excitement inherent in a mere "paper design" of an air-breathing engine
for propulsion or power generation.
That flight was recognized for setting a speed record for an air-breathing engine
by the Guinness World Records book.
In theory, the air-breathing engine
could propel an aeroplane to speeds of Mach 7 or faster, enabling around-the-world flights that would take several hours.
designs have several advantages over rockets for hypersonic applications, scientists said.
Two of the three X-43A research aircraft broke air-breathing engine
speed records last year, first in March and then on November 16, when one flew at Mach 9.