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New technology could bring hypersonic flight into a reality by enabling jets to reach up to Mach 17 without releasing an out of control detonation.

Scientists at the University of Central Florida developed a new propulsion system to stabilize the detonation, which is a type of explosion that sends waves faster than the speed of sound.

The facility contains a chamber with a 30-degree angle ramp near the propellent mixing chamber that stabilized the oblique detonation wave for three seconds in a controlled experiment - previous work only captured it for milliseconds.

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