supersonic speed

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supersonic speed:

see aerodynamicsaerodynamics,
study of gases in motion. As the principal application of aerodynamics is the design of aircraft, air is the gas with which the science is most concerned. Although aerodynamics is primarily concerned with flight, its principles are also used in designing automobile
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Supersonic Speed


a speed greater than the speed of sound in a given medium.

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The new plants will be equipped with new generation centrifuges, which rotate at supersonic speed to enrich uranium, and the facilities would be hidden in mountains to protect them from "any attacks," he added.
Japan has been eager to purchase the F-22 as its next-generation mainstay fighter aircraft due to the stealth jet's ability to evade radar detection, its mobility at supersonic speed, and its use by the U.S.
Not a single sound will reach him from his past reality and only local sounds from the cockpit (which also travels at the supersonic speed) will break his silence.
Based in Oxford, England, PowderMed has developed a technology that delivers DNA-coated gold particles into the skin at supersonic speed. Once they reach the skin, the particles then activate cells that in turn trigger an immune response.
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THE last British Airways Concorde will leave Heathrow airport for Scotland today not at supersonic speed but at a slow crawl.
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Only two examples of the final Fury model, the FJ-4F, were built, The -4Fs were notable for the added rocket motor which allowed them to reach supersonic speed at high altitude, but they remained experimental aircraft only.
Reportedly the new missile is powered by a solid-fuel ramjet engine, giving the missile supersonic speed and increased range, the latter characteristic commonly put at 120-180 km.