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Offline Hymag

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Hypersonic Maglev Launch
« on: 02/07/2010 08:57 pm »
Many types of horizontal launch assist systems have been proposed in the past, including electromagnetic levitated & propelled (maglev) systems. Most of these systems proposed a launch speed of near Mach 1. A new concept is being proposed that integrates today's knowledge and experience in hypersonics and maglev to re-investigate the concept of a single-stage-to-orbit vehicle using a ground-based, maglev, launch assist. However, the new proposal is based on a launch speed of Mach 5 (hypersoinc), instead of Mach 1. There are several reasons for choosing a hypersonic launch instead of a subsonic or supersonic launch. The website that describes this system is