X-51A Team Receives Laureate Award

X-51 Waverider

AIAA PR – March 9, 2011 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates the X-51A Waverider hypersonic vehicle team on receiving an Aviation Week & Space Technology Laureate Award March 8 at Aviation Week’s annual awards dinner. The team was honored in the Aeronautics and Propulsion category.


Accepting the award were the X-51A Waverider team managers: Charles F. Brink, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate; George Thum, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; and Joseph Vogel, Boeing Phantom Works.

AIAA president Mark J. Lewis, chair of the aerospace engineering department at the University of Maryland, stated: “On behalf of AIAA, I offer my sincere congratulations to the X-51A Waverider program for receiving an Aviation Week & Space Technology Laureate award. The X-51A Waverider is an outstanding accomplishment, a true milestone in aviation, and this award was eminently well deserved.”

The X-51A Waverider was launched on May 26, 2010 from a B-52 bomber flying over the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft successfully ignited its scramjet engine and flew for 143 seconds, proving that an aircraft powered by a scramjet engine could accelerate in controlled flight for a sustained amount of time.

The Aviation Week & Space Technology Laureate Awards annually recognize outstanding individuals and teams for their achievements to aviation, aerospace, and defense.

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