Charles R. McClinton, Technology manager for the Hyper-X Program at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia, will present the keynote address, "Breaking the Hypersonic Barrier," at the NEPCON East/Electro and Assembly East event on Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. The co-located manufacturing shows will take place May 4 & 5 at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA. A comprehensive conference program will begin one day earlier on May 3. Combined, the three shows will provide Northeast manufacturers with a single, convenient source for cutting-edge manufacturing solutions at the board, component and final product assembly levels. In November of 2004, NASA's X-43 research vehicle made aviation history with the second successful flight of a scramjet-powered airplane at hypersonic speeds, which are speeds of nearly Mach 10, or ten times the speed of sound.

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