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General Hypersonic Flight Related Topics
« on: 05/29/2015 09:27 AM »
I did have a thread on here that was about using a hypersonic launcher but that was too specific & as there seems to be quite a fair bit of development going on in this area I thought it might be an idea to start a more general thread about it. This thread is for developments that are not related to Skylon. As a general point in relation to this forum I've added the thread as hypersonic research can include straddling the line between general aviation & space flight the hypersonic vehicles for example are often launched in the same way.

Anyway I start the thread with this article.

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Waltham missile maker Raytheon Co. has just taken on a tall order from the Department of Defense: Create a cruise missile that could travel more than five times the speed of sound.

Raytheon is getting $20 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, the Pentagon branch best known for having sponsored the invention of the Internet. This time, the agency wants a technology that weapons designers have dreamed of since the 1930s — a hypersonic missile that travels so fast there’s virtually no defense against it.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/05/26/going-hypersonic-raytheon/Qnrg2YJUdMo2SXiVphoBaO/story.html#

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« Reply #1 on: 06/02/2015 06:19 PM »
AF Chief Scientist: Air Force Working on New Hypersonic Air Vehicle.

Presuming they are meaning a drone or aircraft here, not a missile.


Read more: http://defensetech.org/2015/06/01/af-chief-scientist-air-force-working-on-new-hypersonic-air-vehicle/#ixzz3bvjakFd4
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« Reply #2 on: 06/02/2015 06:26 PM »
the cruise missile application continues to look like the most obvious to me:

"The new air vehicle effort will progress alongside an Air Force hypersonic weapons program. While today’s cruise missiles travel at speeds up to 600 miles per hour, hypersonic weapons will be able to reach speeds of Mach 5 to Mach 10, Air Force officials said. The new air vehicle could be used to transport sensors, equipment or weaponry in the future, depending upon how the technology develops"

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« Reply #3 on: 06/02/2015 08:02 PM »
What they could be talking about here is the HSSW.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/high-speed-strike-weapon-hssw.html

I still wonder if REL's technology could play a part in something even more ambitious than the HSSW.

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« Reply #4 on: 06/05/2015 01:13 AM »
What they could be talking about here is the HSSW.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/high-speed-strike-weapon-hssw.html

I still wonder if REL's technology could play a part in something even more ambitious than the HSSW.

With the former chief engineer of Rolls Royce taking the Managing Directors job at REL ISTM something's afoot. A sideways move before an acquisition? Or someone western govts can be assured can mature a possible defense windfall?
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« Reply #5 on: 06/05/2015 03:38 AM »
Unfortunately wars and weapons seem to drive technology development. The plus side is technology from a hyper sonic cruise missile should enable development of civil hyper sonic aircraft.

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« Reply #6 on: 06/19/2015 10:17 PM »
New article on the SR-72 with a very little more detail on its design in the text. Got a feeling the related magazine article might be more extensive.

http://www.popsci.com/inside-americas-next-spyplane
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« Reply #7 on: 06/20/2015 12:58 PM »
Here is an article about communicating with hypersonic vehicles in flight:
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Communicating_with_hypersonic_vehicles_in_flight_999.html

(about a method: how to overcome the craft surrounding, EM waves reflecting plasma layer)

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« Reply #8 on: 06/23/2015 08:53 PM »
Pulse detonation engine and continuous detonation wave engines.

Various bits & pieces of info.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/06/pulse-detonation-engine-and-continuous.html

Notice the PDE space plane.:D
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« Reply #9 on: 08/19/2015 06:41 AM »
German space researchers reboot effort to launch hypersonic space plane

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The Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany's aerospace research center, has renewed decade-old plans for a suborbital passenger space plane that could fly from Europe to Australia in under 90 minutes. The rocket-powered SpaceLiner, originally conceptualized as a 50-passenger hypersonic airliner, has now been given new urgency and direction with a roadmap for flights within the next 20 years, SpaceLiner project lead Martin Sippel told Aviation Week at last month's American Institute of Aerodynamics and Astronautics' Space Planes and Hypersonics Conference in Glasgow. Sippel spoke at the conference, presenting on SpaceLiner's technical progress and the program's mission definition—which now includes potentially delivering satellites and other payloads to space.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/german-space-researchers-reboot-effort-to-launch-hypersonic-space-plane/

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« Reply #10 on: 08/19/2015 09:23 AM »
Unfortunately wars and weapons seem to drive technology development. The plus side is technology from a hyper sonic cruise missile should enable development of civil hyper sonic aircraft.
True.

Unlikely to be much use in building LVs.
Pulse detonation engine and continuous detonation wave engines.

Various bits & pieces of info.

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/06/pulse-detonation-engine-and-continuous.html

Notice the PDE space plane.:D
The plane is interesting.

Especially considering how far a SCRamjet crew carrying vehicle remains

German space researchers reboot effort to launch hypersonic space plane

http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/german-space-researchers-reboot-effort-to-launch-hypersonic-space-plane/
And for only $33Bn.

IIRC that's just over 1/2 cost of the Shuttle programme in 2010+ dollars (the figure I saw was $60Bn).

Here is an article about communicating with hypersonic vehicles in flight:
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Communicating_with_hypersonic_vehicles_in_flight_999.html

(about a method: how to overcome the craft surrounding, EM waves reflecting plasma layer)
Neat idea. It's one of those "Why didn't anyone think of it before" notions.   :(

Reduce losses by impedance matching the plasma.

IIRC the Spring ABM did this to control the missile in flight but needed radar signals in the MW range to punch through the sheath.

The joker in this pack is of course how the plasma sheath thickness compares to the usual range of radio frequencies people use for comms.

It would be quite ironic if needed HF (relying in ionospheric reflection from the plasma there) to get through the plasma sheath around your M5 vehicle.

It would also mean all those GHz satcomms systems would be useless as well.
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« Reply #11 on: 08/19/2015 02:12 PM »
A hypersonic flight from New York to Los Angeles would take about 30 minutes but if that includes high acceleration at NY and high deceleration at LA then what kind of g's are we talking about? Could civilian passengers withstand that? And what would be the actual cruise time at altitude?
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« Reply #12 on: 08/19/2015 10:02 PM »
A hypersonic flight from New York to Los Angeles would take about 30 minutes but if that includes high acceleration at NY and high deceleration at LA then what kind of g's are we talking about? Could civilian passengers withstand that? And what would be the actual cruise time at altitude?

Limit acceleration to 0.5 g, hypersonic is Mach 5+ so round off to 2000 m/s then it will take about 6.8 minutes to reach that speed. Total journey will be less than 3/4 hour. Unless the aircraft has to fly subsonic until it reaches the countryside.

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« Reply #13 on: 08/24/2015 11:48 PM »
In the eternal words of one of my uni mates at UQ: "Scramjets Suck"

In all seriousness, Scramjets are an incredibly difficult technology to make work across varying speeds as the entire engine needs to be designed around the bow shockwaves created by any leading edges. The problem is, these shockwaves change angle as you speed up and you lose efficiency and/or risk destroying your vehicle if the shocks don't contact the right points. Hence, you're entire vehicle (or at least the engines) need to morph as they speed up, and at hypersonic speeds, that's a tall order. At the University of Queensland, they were at one point investigating vehicles that would sweat COPPER in order to protect themselves form the hyper sonic heat. But, at a constant hypersonic speed for a short time, they are great (espeacially if they are...'disposable').

This has one very unfortunate implication for anyone working on scramjet research. It will really only have military applications, either as hyper sonic cruise missiles or hypersonic spy planes. As a space launch system where you have to constantly speed up and get out of the atmosphere ASAP, well as I said above, "Scramjets suck". 

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« Reply #14 on: 08/29/2015 09:44 AM »
Breakneck Speed: New Russian Jet Engine to Propel Aircraft to 9,000 Kmh

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150823/1026084410/russia-creates-breakthrough-jet-engine.html#ixzz3kCCLCbSi

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« Reply #15 on: 09/22/2015 07:33 AM »
China may have conducted test flight of world's fastest aircraft

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China may have recently conducted a successful test of the fastest hypersonic aircraft in the world, reports Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao.

According to a report released Friday on the official website of state-owned aerospace and defense giant Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), one of its test flight centers has completed an initial test flight on an unspecified high-altitude, super-fast aircraft with a "unique flying style."

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150921000033&cid=1101

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« Reply #17 on: 03/16/2016 07:32 PM »
For a non-paywall version. Space flight actually gets a specific mention in this.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lockheed-pushing-1-billion-mach-6-airbreather-423198/

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« Reply #18 on: 06/28/2016 06:23 AM »
DARPA revives turbine-ramjet concept for hypersonics

A turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) propulsion system to enable routine hypersonic flight by a vehicle that can take-off and land from a runway is back on the agenda at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) after a five-year hiatus.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/darpa-revives-turbine-ramjet-concept-for-hypersonics-426735/
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« Reply #19 on: 06/29/2016 07:46 AM »
DARPA revives turbine-ramjet concept for hypersonics

A turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) propulsion system to enable routine hypersonic flight by a vehicle that can take-off and land from a runway is back on the agenda at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) after a five-year hiatus.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/darpa-revives-turbine-ramjet-concept-for-hypersonics-426735/
It always amuses me when I see the term "integrated" in one of these announcements.

The most "integrated" way to do this is of course to ditch the ramjet part entirely, which is basically what SABRE does.

The problem then becomes how to keep the airframe from melting. An interesting  idea in this regard would be make it out of RCC with a refractory oxidation resistant metal. Atomic Layer Deposition produces multiple thin, highly conformant layers which could be very well matched to the underlying RCC, substantially reducing cracking and raising use temperature over current silica glass coatings.
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« Reply #21 on: 11/10/2016 06:37 AM »
Hypersonic Flight Is Coming: Will the US Lead the Way?

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"We're poised on the brink of a new era in air transportation," McBride said. "We do need to go faster. There is a market for supersonic flight over land in an efficient manner that can fly without being an annoyance to everyone on the ground."

NASA also is exploring ways to improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of subsonic aircraft. Engineers are experimenting with blended wings and other innovations.

Smith admitted that the difficulty that Congress and the president have experienced in passing budgets has caused problems in sustaining research.

"None of that is conducive to good work getting done in an efficient way," Smith said. "And we can do better. We need to get to the point where continuity actually lasts beyond just one administration, much less beyond tomorrow. And we're with you on that."

Bedke said there is no time to waste in moving these programs forward.

"It is inevitable that hypersonic technologies are going to happen," he said. "It is not inevitable that we are going to be the country to do it first. But we can be the country to do it first, but we're going to have to put our minds to it, and we're going to have to stop the history of fits and starts, of throwing money at a big program, achieving a wild success, and then having no follow-up. Or throwing a lot of money at too big a program, taking too giant a bite, failing miserably and then deciding hypersonics isn't going anywhere. Neither of those must be allowed to happen in the coming years."

http://www.space.com/34631-hypersonic-flight-technology-united-states.html

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« Reply #22 on: 11/10/2016 08:09 AM »
Hypersonic Flight Is Coming: Will the US Lead the Way?
http://www.space.com/34631-hypersonic-flight-technology-united-states.html
I feel the same way about "historical inevitability" as I do about claims that normal economics does not apply to company X.

It was claimed the triumph of Communism was also "historically inevitable." This turned out to be nonsense.

If your a military with a large budget you can already have hypersonic flight. You just stick your missile on a very big rocket, which is how Sprint ABM did it. If you want more range you make it a liquid fueled rocket.

Routine hypersonic flight, which you can buy a ticket for, needs a lot more than this. It needs a human carrying aircraft capable of long duration operation.  Options that work fine for single use, limited time systems like ablatives are not really viable for repeated, long duration operations.

Not only the options weapons use are unlikely to be viable for civilian use but it seems that due to problems with CFD the only reliable way to do a SCramjet is full scale development. Wind tunnels don't cut it either. So you need a full size, full speed development programme for a SCramjet vehicle in a way you simply don't need for any  other engine system.

IOW if you want to develop a full size SCramjet powered airliner you have to have a full size SCramjet powered airliner to do the development work on to ensure the results are accurate.

Concorde proved there is a market for flights faster than M1.  The joker in the pack is a development programme that commercial companies can afford that will sell enough vehicles for them to make a profit.

I think the days when governments like the French, British and American would do this as a cost plus project for "national pride" are long over. The US experience of both the SST and the NASP should have taught them to stay well away from this.
Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/14/russia-is-building-a-nuclear-space-bomber.html

Russia reveals hypersonic stealth bomber that can launch nuclear attacks from space: Radical plane could begin testing in 2020
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3689325/Russia-reveals-hypersonic-stealth-bomber-launch-nuclear-attacks-space-Radical-plane-begin-testing-2020.html
Lots of odd ideas in these articles.

Assuming a 2 hr to target up to half a planet away that's  a speed of roughly 10 000 Km/Hr, about Mach 8.16

This is not orbital and would not break the Outer Space Treaty, except (technically) when it was outside the atmosphere.

Note also they are talking about a tri propellant (or possibly quadpropellant) engine of Kero/Methane/Air (and LO2?)

TBH this story sounds like Russia playing a version of the old "Nuclear powered bomber" scare of the 1950s, which managed to divert millions of $ into a concept that was basically unworkable.

I've also very doubtful the X37b is not big enough for a nuke, given you can put one in a 155mm or 200mm artillery shell and naval shells are being fitted with control fins and GPS to improve their accuracy.
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« Reply #23 on: 11/18/2016 08:09 PM »
When is the next hypersonic test planned?

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With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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« Reply #25 on: 12/12/2016 12:02 PM »
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Explores Detonation Engine Options

For over 70 years, jet engines have powered airplanes ever more safely and efficiently. But, despite higher core temperatures and pressures, and the introduction of efficient propulsion concepts like the geared fan, conventional gas turbines may be running out of runway. A fundamental change in the way a gas turbine combusts air and fuel in its core could open a path to a new era of jet engine development, however. Long pursued by propulsion researchers as a potential game-changing ...

http://m.aviationweek.com/technology/aerojet-rocketdyne-explores-detonation-engine-options
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« Reply #26 on: 12/12/2016 05:01 PM »


I've also very doubtful the X37b is not big enough for a nuke, given you can put one in a 155mm or 200mm artillery shell and naval shells are being fitted with control fins and GPS to improve their accuracy.
The MADM(Medium Atomic Demolition Munition) weighed 181kg/400 pounds was a variable-yield from 1 kiloton up to 15 kilotons equivalent of TNT. Based off of the W45 warhead.

The SADM(Special Atomic Demolition Munition)  Based off of the W54 warhead which was used on the Davy Crocket weapons system which  had a warhead that weighed approx. 23kg(51 pounds) with its TNT equivalent between 10 tons and 1 kiloton.

I would have to agree that at least one of these devices could be loaded aboard an X-37B
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1)MADM
2)SADM
3)XW-54 detonation yield at 6 kilotons TBT equivalent
4)Davy Crocket recoilless rifle system (2,100 built)
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« Reply #27 on: 12/12/2016 11:01 PM »
The MADM(Medium Atomic Demolition Munition) weighed 181kg/400 pounds was a variable-yield from 1 kiloton up to 15 kilotons equivalent of TNT. Based off of the W45 warhead.

The SADM(Special Atomic Demolition Munition)  Based off of the W54 warhead which was used on the Davy Crocket weapons system which  had a warhead that weighed approx. 23kg(51 pounds) with its TNT equivalent between 10 tons and 1 kiloton.

I would have to agree that at least one of these devices could be loaded aboard an X-37B
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1)MADM
2)SADM
3)XW-54 detonation yield at 6 kilotons TBT equivalent
4)Davy Crocket recoilless rifle system (2,100 built)
My point exactly. The sort of thing I was thinking about was even smaller.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_artillery

Specifically the W48 at 155mm with a yield of 0.1KT (IE 100 tonnes of TNT).

I'm pretty sure this and the larger W33 (200mm dia, 40KT yield) would be within the carrying mass of the X37b.

That said IRL any such plan faces several problems.
1) AFAIK the last shell was dismantled in about 2004.
2) Shells are not re-entry vehicles. It would need to be wrapped in TPS and given a guidance package. leaving it inside the X37b is a very expensive way to wage (limited, IE 1 shot) nuclear warfare.
3)Developing a suitable TPS/guidance package, along with a dispenser from the X37b's payload bay is likely to be a time consuming and expensive task. Well within the capabilities of the US, but a royal PITA.

My point was the payload limits on the X37b are not a barrier to making it an orbital nuclear delivery vehicle.

It's everything else (treaty obligations, technical complexity, sheer expense) that does that.
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« Reply #28 on: 01/01/2017 11:07 PM »
I think there might also be some real questions about viability of any kind of high altitude bomber-like based attack. Sounds like a sitting duck for missile defenses.

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« Reply #29 on: 01/03/2017 06:13 AM »
I think there might also be some real questions about viability of any kind of high altitude bomber-like based attack. Sounds like a sitting duck for missile defenses.
There's plenty of reason to question such an idea.

Like weaponizing a Skylon, if you have the skills to do it, you have the skills to cause trouble a lot more easily and cheaply.

It's a plot line from a straight-to-download thriller.   :(
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« Reply #30 on: 01/03/2017 07:13 AM »
I think there might also be some real questions about viability of any kind of high altitude bomber-like based attack. Sounds like a sitting duck for missile defenses.
There's plenty of reason to question such an idea.

Like weaponizing a Skylon, if you have the skills to do it, you have the skills to cause trouble a lot more easily and cheaply.

It's a plot line from a straight-to-download thriller.   :(
Best you tell the new president then being as I've seen it quoted multiple times that part of the increased money for defence that he intends to introduce is for hypersonic related projects.

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« Reply #31 on: 02/09/2017 08:24 PM »
Leading development of hypersonic engines and spaceplanes

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/02/leading-development-of-hypersonic.html

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« Reply #32 on: 02/10/2017 12:46 AM »
Leading development of hypersonic engines and spaceplanes

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/02/leading-development-of-hypersonic.html

That's just click-bait masquerading as a re-hash of old news and advertising.  It isn't even current, making statements like:
"Hypermach has completed final detail design of the first stage turbine core of a hypersonic engine. Manufacturing of this first stage has begun and is expected to be finished in 2016" -- Hello?  It's 2017 already.
and
"Reaction Engines of the UK is a leader in developing a hypersonic vehicle and hypersonic components" --  If anyone on the planet is a "leader in developing a hypersonic vehicle and hypersonic components" it would have to be the Hyshot team, not them.

No, nothing to see here.. move along! :)
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With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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« Reply #33 on: 02/10/2017 06:23 AM »
Leading development of hypersonic engines and spaceplanes

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/02/leading-development-of-hypersonic.html

That's just click-bait masquerading as a re-hash of old news and advertising.  It isn't even current, making statements like:
"Hypermach has completed final detail design of the first stage turbine core of a hypersonic engine. Manufacturing of this first stage has begun and is expected to be finished in 2016" -- Hello?  It's 2017 already.
and
"Reaction Engines of the UK is a leader in developing a hypersonic vehicle and hypersonic components" --  If anyone on the planet is a "leader in developing a hypersonic vehicle and hypersonic components" it would have to be the Hyshot team, not them.

No, nothing to see here.. move along! :)

Your commentary about REL is pretty disingenuous.

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« Reply #34 on: 02/17/2017 06:36 PM »
Classified Report On Hypersonics Says U.S. Lacking Urgency

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Less than four years ago, it seemed that the U.S. Air Force was on the brink of developing the first generation of air-breathing high-speed strike weapons following the success of the experimental scramjet-powered Boeing X-51A. Now a classified report warns that the U.S. may be losing its lead in hypersonics to China and Russia. Although parallel research on hypersonic glide vehicles under DARPA’s HTV-2 program suffered failures in 2010 and 2011, the Air Force by 2013 appeared ...

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Others involved in U.S. hypersonics support the report’s recommendations. Kevin Bowcutt, senior technical fellow and chief scientist for hypersonics at Boeing Research and Technology, says “many lessons on the path to X-51A success were hard-earned. Given the criticality of hypersonics as articulated in the report and with X-51A under our belt, there would be obvious value in leveraging this extensive experience and know-how to accelerate full-scale development of an operational hypersonic vehicle or weapon.”

Bowcutt also believes the U.S. needs to create “a comprehensive national plan with adequate funding that fields offensive and defensive hypersonic capabilities as quickly as technology maturation, system integration and capability demonstration allow.”

“It is a big problem for us. We have been kind of resting on our laurels,” says Leon McKinney, president of McKinney Associates and former executive director of the U.S. hypersonics industry team. “The U.S. has been fighting wars and terrorism, so that is one of the reasons why we have not seen a burst of capability developments. But it seems our adversaries are catching up.”

McKinney backs a three-phased approach to spurring development of a boost-glide capability, starting with a focus on an offensive hypersonic system that he believes could still be fielded within three years. Development of a defensive system, which McKinney says is “tough,” would aim at characterizing Chinese and Russian vehicle maneuvering capabilities to produce a “threat tube,” to enable effective interdiction. A third element would include development of a maneuvering target vehicle “which we could engage as a simulated threat.”

The report does not specify that current programs should be abandoned, “but we think there are some programmatic changes we need to see,” says Lewis. “We just say, step on the gas and move these programs forward. If you want to map out a strategy to get you from the things we have tested to an operational system, one would argue we are not on that track.”

http://aviationweek.com/defense/classified-report-hypersonics-says-us-lacking-urgency

Podcast: Hypersonics Wake-Up Call

http://aviationweek.com/defense/podcast-hypersonics-wake-call
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« Reply #35 on: 02/19/2017 09:37 PM »
Classified Report On Hypersonics Says U.S. Lacking Urgency

Sounds to me more like a call for more money by someone frustrated at the current lack of progress..

After all, it wouldn't be the first time in the history of aerospace that "The Russians Are Coming!" evoked a response from those holding the purse-strings.  :P
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With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine - however, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are
going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

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« Reply #36 on: 02/19/2017 10:08 PM »
Classified Report On Hypersonics Says U.S. Lacking Urgency

Sounds to me more like a call for more money by someone frustrated at the current lack of progress..

After all, it wouldn't be the first time in the history of aerospace that "The Russians Are Coming!" evoked a response from those holding the purse-strings.  :P

I expect it to work pretty well if it is in the current climate.

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« Reply #37 on: 02/20/2017 02:22 AM »
Before anyone posts anything about hypersonic flight, they should read T. A. Heppenheimer's book
FACING THE HEAT BARRIER: A HISTORY OF HYPERSONICS (NASA-SP-2007-4232). It's probably available free from the NASA History Program website and is the best popular history of this field. Any sane person who reads this book won't be fooled by scare stories in the tabloid press about impossible Russian and Chinese hypersonic aircraft.

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« Reply #38 on: 02/20/2017 05:53 AM »
Before anyone posts anything about hypersonic flight, they should read T. A. Heppenheimer's book
FACING THE HEAT BARRIER: A HISTORY OF HYPERSONICS (NASA-SP-2007-4232). It's probably available free from the NASA History Program website and is the best popular history of this field. Any sane person who reads this book won't be fooled by scare stories in the tabloid press about impossible Russian and Chinese hypersonic aircraft.

Who said anything about aircraft here.

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« Reply #39 on: 02/20/2017 06:34 AM »
Well my post has been censored but it doesn't matter. I say it again (perhaps more politely) David Axe knows little about spaceflight and it is more clickbait than anything else.
As for the Daily Mail it is hardly better.



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« Reply #40 on: 02/20/2017 12:38 PM »
Well my post has been censored but it doesn't matter. I say it again (perhaps more politely) David Axe knows little about spaceflight and it is more clickbait than anything else.
As for the Daily Mail it is hardly better.

I think we are talking at cross purposes here as I was referring to the classified report that Aviation Week were reporting on.
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« Reply #41 on: 02/20/2017 04:05 PM »
Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/14/russia-is-building-a-nuclear-space-bomber.html

Russia reveals hypersonic stealth bomber that can launch nuclear attacks from space: Radical plane could begin testing in 2020
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3689325/Russia-reveals-hypersonic-stealth-bomber-launch-nuclear-attacks-space-Radical-plane-begin-testing-2020.html

I reacted to this post, more exactly to the links, which are pretty bad (a nuclear space bomber ? really ? powered by fairy dust ?)

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« Reply #42 on: 02/20/2017 11:29 PM »
I reacted to this post, more exactly to the links, which are pretty bad (a nuclear space bomber ? really ? powered by fairy dust ?)
Yet Another SCramjet powered plan.   :(

It just does not add up.

The Russians have an ICBM that can hit anywhere on the planet in less than 30 mins already. They've sunk a lot of cash into that and it seems to work alright.

As has been noted an X37b could carry a nuclear warhead in it's payload bay but why would it?

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« Reply #43 on: 02/21/2017 10:16 PM »
As has been noted an X37b could carry a nuclear warhead in it's payload bay but why would it?

Weapons to fight the Goa'uld.
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« Reply #44 on: 02/22/2017 08:56 AM »
Weapons to fight the Goa'uld.

Ah so if Americans fail to get all of them in orbit then Russian bomber will finish the job by nuking all the landed motherships.
Now it all makes sense.
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« Reply #45 on: 02/24/2017 02:29 PM »
Classified Report On Hypersonics Says U.S. Lacking Urgency

Sounds to me more like a call for more money by someone frustrated at the current lack of progress..

After all, it wouldn't be the first time in the history of aerospace that "The Russians Are Coming!" evoked a response from those holding the purse-strings.  :P


Yeah like that time people complained about Sputnik just for money......

Or maybe there is a real threat that unbiased experts now recognize as a threat, after all it is very arrogant to doubt the advanced engineering and determination of both Russia and China to develop hypersonic weapons.

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« Reply #46 on: 02/24/2017 10:23 PM »
Or maybe there is a real threat that unbiased experts now recognize as a threat, after all it is very arrogant to doubt the advanced engineering and determination of both Russia and China to develop hypersonic weapons.
Historically the US has flown ramjet missiles to M5. It just took a stuck fuel valve and IIRC worked quite well (till it ran out of fuel)  :)

The problem with hypersonic flight is not that it can't be done, it's when people insist on doing it in the atmosphere and using a SCramjet to do it. If you're OK with using a rocket it's (relatively speaking) not that difficult. If you want longer range in the same package then ramjets can already do that with reasonable T/W.

Engineering a long range hypersonic missile using a conventional ramjet is within the current SoA. The toughest part is likely to be the structure and the TPS.
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« Reply #47 on: 06/07/2017 10:49 AM »
Skunk Works Hints At SR-72 Demonstrator Progress

DENVER, Colorado—Four years after revealing plans to develop a Mach 6 strike and reconnaissance aircraft, Lockheed Martin says hypersonic technologies are now sufficiently mature to enable progress towards a flight ...

http://m.aviationweek.com/defense/skunk-works-hints-sr-72-demonstrator-progress

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However, Weiss hints that work on a combined cycle propulsion system and other key advances needed for a viable hypersonic vehicle are reaching readiness levels sufficient for incorporation into some form of demonstrator. Following critical ground demonstrator tests from 2013 through 2017, Lockheed Martin is believed to be on track to begin development of an optionally piloted flight research vehicle (FRV) starting as early as next year. The FRV is expected to be around the same size as an F-22 and powered by a full-scale, combined cycle engine.

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“The combined cycle work is still occurring and obviously a big breakthrough in the air-breathing side of hypersonics is the propulsion system,” Weiss adds. “So this is not just on combined cycle but on other elements of propulsion system.”
The technology of the “air breather has been matured and work is continuing on those capabilities to demonstrate that they are ready to go and be fielded,” he adds.

I'd thought even a demonstrator testing at hypersonic velocities in the big empty of Area 51 is going to be noticeable?
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« Reply #48 on: 06/08/2017 08:25 AM »
Make of this what you will. Blog by Tyler Rogoway concerning the latest SR-72 news.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/11270/whats-the-deal-with-lockheeds-gabbing-about-the-secretive-hypersonic-sr-72

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