Author Topic: HYFLEX, H-IIB version (returnable HTV+2nd stage?)  (Read 1286 times)

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In 1996, the HYFLEX (Hypersonic Flight Experiment) lifting body was launched on a J-I solid-fuel rocket as a precursor for the now-cancelled HOPE (H-II Orbital Plane) mini space shuttle.

But then I found the attached image, titled H2-HYFLEX, while on a Google image search. It appears to be an HTV (the pressurized section) combined with the second stage into a single structure, apparently with a cylindrical lifting body shape, and a thermal protection system like the original HYFLEX. Does anyone have any more information about this?

original link:
(that is the only occurrence of the image that currently exists, according to Google reverse image search)

^When I saved that file to one of my folders, the thumbnail was showing text at the top left corner that wasn't in the close-up image, but some characters are not legible.
« Last Edit: 10/26/2016 04:34 AM by Pipcard »