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Of, relating to, or capable of speed equal to or exceeding five times the speed of sound.

hy′per·son′i·cal·ly adv.


(General Physics) concerned with or having a velocity of at least five times that of sound in the same medium under the same conditions
ˌhyperˈsonics n


(ˌhaɪ pərˈsɒn ɪk)

noting or pertaining to speed that is at least five times that of sound in the same medium.


Of or pertaining to speeds equal to, or in excess of, five times the speed of sound. See also speed of sound.
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Russia's Defense Ministry on Saturday said it successfully launched a hypersonic missile dubbed the Kinzhal missile that President Vladimir Putin unveiled earlier this month.
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Orbital ATK has entered into a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to study potential integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system under DARPA's Advanced Full Range Engine program.
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The course guides students through the process a team of engineers would follow in designing a hypersonic trans-atmospheric vehicle.
Meanwhile, military leaders and analysts have warned that countries including China and Russia have beefed up spending on hypersonic development and testing in recent years.
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