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future weaponsSpaceX reusable rockets are better than hypersonic missiles and planes

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All major militaries and nations are scrambling to develop hypersonic missiles, drones and aircraft. All major countries are working on hypersonic missiles The US, Russia, China are spending billions to develop and deploy hypersonic missiles. Japan, India, Australia and Europe …

futureFirst US hypersonic weapon will be based on old Sandia work

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Sandia National labs developed the hypersonic prototype – “Sandia Winged Energetic Reentry Vehicle Experiment” from 1979 – 1985. This cone-shaped system will be the basis for a $13 million project led by the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Massachusetts. Sandia …

hypersonicGeneration Orbit rocket designated X-60A hypersonic test rocket

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The Air Force has designated the GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle as X-60A. The vehicle is being developed by Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems …

hypersonicHypersonic weapons are the top US military research priority

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Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Dr. Michael Griffin’s top priority is hypersonic weapons. The urgency for hypersonic weapons is because of a growing capability gap the American military seeks to close and the very real risk that China …

dronesDrones, hypersonic weapons, lasers and engines for next generation

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The sixth generation fighters and upgrades to older fighters over the next 10-20 years will involve better engines for more range and speed, hypersonic weapons, combat lasers, unmanned flight and drones. Hypersonic missiles (mach 5 or faster) are already being …

hypersonicChina airdrop tested some hypersonic prototype scaled designs

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China has tested three vehicles expected to be capable of hypersonic flight in a single airdrop. Scaled models of D18-1S, D18-2S and D18-3S wide-range aircraft were released to fall in a successful experiment. The three scale models in this test …

future weaponRussia arming SU-57 stealth fighters with hypersonic missiles

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Russia may only build about 24 Su-57 stealth fighters but they will receive hypersonic R37M missiles. The R37M anti-aircraft missile will have a range of 300-400 kilometers and a speed of mach 6. China has also been developing a large …

air forceUS Air Force wants Cold War Scale Forces and Global Arms Race

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The Secretary of the US Air Force presented a plan to grow the Air Force from 312 squadrons today to 386 by 2030. This is 24% larger. The strategy is based on estimates of the expected threat by 2025 to …

hypersonicUS Missile Defense Agency seeks controls for high G maneuvers for hypersonic interceptors

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The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will research aerodynamic controls capable of high G maneuvers for hypersonic interceptors. This could also be applied for maneuvers for hypersonic weapons. Concepts should focus on maximizing maneuverability and minimizing kinetic energy losses to …

hypersonicPictures of US Glide Breaker program for space-based anti-hypersonic weapons and sensors

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Michael Griffin, defense undersecretary, gave a rough estimate for deploying space-based interceptors can be calculated on the $20,000 per kilogram is costs to send material into low earth orbit. Thus a force of 1,000 space-based interceptors each weighing 1,000 kilograms …