Visit this site to learn about shock waves and how they depend on the speed of a moving object. You'll find out how a "blunt body" minimizes heating on reentry and see images of shock waves made in a wind tunnel. Also, you'll how a vehicle can to ride on its own shock wave and you'll see prototype aircraft, including the XB-70 bomber, that have used this concept.
American Physical Society. Physics in Action: Sonic Shock. College Park: American Physical Society, April 23, 2004. http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/shockwaves.cfm (accessed 17 April 2014).
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