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Hyper III
Hyper III at Dryden 1969.jpg
Role Lifting-body remotely piloted vehicle
National origin United States
Manufacturer National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Designer Dale Reed
First flight 12 December 1969
Primary user NASA
Number built 1

The NASA Hyper III was an American unpowered full-scale lifting body remotely piloted vehicle designed and built at the NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Hyper III was designed to help in the M2 lifting body program, it had a flat bottom and sides, and a simple straight wing with no control surfaces [1] that was designed to simulate a pop-out wing that had been proposed for a re-entry vehicle. The Hyper III had twin fins and rudders canted at 40° from the vertical, and hinged elevons on the horizontal surface.[1] The landing gear was a fixed tricycle type, using spring steel legs from a Cessna aircraft.[1] It was fitted with an emergency parachute system and controlled by 5-channel radio link; instrument data was downlinked using a 12-channel radio.[1]

On 12 December 1969 the Hyper III was launched from a helicopter at 10,000 feet. It glided 5 km, turned round, came back and landed. After the three-minute flight it was not flown again as the Center cancelled the program.[1]


Data from Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1973-74[1]

General characteristics

  • Length: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
  • Wingspan: 15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Wing area: 35.41 ft2 (3.29 m2)
  • Empty weight: 950 lb (431 kg)
  • Gross weight: 950 lb (431 kg)


  • Maximum speed: 173 mph (277 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 69 mph (111 km/h)
  • Range: 11 miles (18 km)
  • Service ceiling: 12000 ft (3660 m)

See also[edit]

Related lists



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Taylor 1973, p. 523


  • Taylor, ed. (1973). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1973-74. London, United Kingdom: Jane's Yearbooks. ISBN 0-354-00117-5.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

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