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darpaPre-Cooler for Hypersonic Spaceplane Cools From 1,000°C in Less Than 0.05 Seconds

Reaction Engines has successfully tested its innovative precooler at airflow temperature conditions representing Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, marking a significant milestone in the development of its SABRE™ engine and paving the way for a revolution …

chinaRussia and China Deploy Hypersonic Weapons and the US Spends Billions to Catch Up

The US is increasing hypersonic weapon investment in 2020 to $2.6 billion. The UK has a $12 million contract with Rolls-Royce to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. Russia has the Avangard and the 3M22 Tsirkon (aka Zircon)—and has reportedly fielded …

energyFirst Light fusion Using Hypervelocity Projectiles for Pulsed Fusion

Startup First Light Fusion (FLF) claims it is on target to achieve fusion gain (more energy out than goes in) by 2024. They are not using lasers or intense magnetic fields which can prove to be very complicated and costly …

3d printing3D Printing of Hypersonic Missile Swarms

Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are developing 3D printed engines for smaller hypersonic missiles that could be deployed in at lower cost in swarms. The air-breathing scramjet will use regular aviation fuel. Northrop Grumman has new materials and technology to 3-D …

engineeringReaction Engines Tests Critical Pre-Cooler at Mach 3.3 Conditions

Reaction Engines is working towards air-breathing space planes and hypersonic airplanes. They have successfully tested their critical pre-cooler technology at the temperature conditions it would experience at 3.3 times the speed of sound. The pre-cooler quickly drops the temperature of …

future weaponsMagnetized Plasma Hypersonic Projectile Gun

China is working on magnetized plasma artillery which could enable hypersonic projectiles from a tank. This technology is different than railguns. China has started testing railguns on large navy ships. This technology could be ten to one hundred times smaller …