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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 …

aircraft carrierExperts say China is Leading in Hypersonic Technology

A panel of national security experts say China is leading the world in hypersonic technology due to Beijing setting a clear investment strategy to its industrial base. Hypersonic glide weapons are a threat to aircraft carriers and land air bases. …

future weaponsX-60A Mach 8 Hypersonic Test Platform

The Air Force Research Laboratory and Generation Orbit Launch Services is developing the Mach 8 hypersonic X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed as a hypersonic flight test platform. X-60A program completed its Critical Design Review. This …

hypersonicRaytheon Gets Follow-up $63 Million Hypersonic Weapons Contract

DARPA awarded Raytheon a $63 million contract to further develop the Tactical Boost Glide hypersonic weapons program. A rocket will accelerate the missile to over 5 times the speed of sound and then the hypersonic warhead will separate and glide …

darpaDARPA Developing Next Generation Materials for Hypersonic Planes and Weapons

There two main challenges for hypersonic weapons and vehicles are for engines and rockets to generate the speed and for materials that can survive at the extreme temperatures. Moving at hypersonic speeds of 5 to 25 or more times the …

futureReaction Engines Targets 2020 to Test Hypersonic Engine for Space Planes

In 2018, Reaction Engines has been building two test facilities which they will use to validate the performance of key parts of the SABRE™ spaceplane hypersonic engine. In the US test facility (TF2) will enable the precooler test article (HTX) …

armyNew Mach 3 Shell Will Triple the Range on Over 1000 US Navy and Army Guns

In mid-2018, a US destroyer fired 20 hypervelocity projectiles (HVP) from a standard Mk 45 5-inch deck gun. The Hypervelocity projectiles will make the guns effective and low-cost weapons against cruise missiles and larger unmanned aerial vehicles. In 2016, there …

airplaneWill the Rotating Detonation Engines Enable Hypersonic Planes?

Disk rotating detonation engines could provide engines that are 10% more efficient, which could enable hypersonic planes. The USA, China, and Russia will be ramping up hypersonic weapon and hypersonic plane spending over ten billions per year each. Combustion can …