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If we put a cockpit and a pilot in it the X43A would have broken the crewed record at Mach 9.6 back in '04 but there was no need because we have computer controls now for these test flights and there's not a huge number of uses for having pilots in these insanely fast planes partially because they're just so insanely fast.

I think the hypersonic planes will all be drone munition delivery (or just munitions themselves) for a long time. Maybe some day they'll carry people but there's no supersonic aviation much less hypersonic and even then the piloting at speed will probably be all automated.




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