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darpaDARPA Developing Next Generation Materials for Hypersonic Planes and Weapons

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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

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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

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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?

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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 …

chinaThe Global Hypersonic Arms Race Has Just Started

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Russian had another successful hypersonic glide weapon test. Putin says the weapon is impossible to intercept. Currently, no military power has the means to intercept the mach 5+ hypersonic weapons being deployed by Russia and China. Claims of Abilities to …

hypersonicSpaceX Super Heavy Starship has Breakthrough Design Improvements

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Elon Musk has Tweeted some of the details of the breakthrough changes to the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship. The overall shape of the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship are about the same. However, there are fundamental materials change to airframe, tanks …

futureUS Navy Will Develop Hypersonic Submarine Launched Weapons

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The US Navy is developing the hypersonic glide body that all the services will use, as well as a booster to launch the Navy’s weapon off a yet-to-be-determined platform. The conventional prompt global strike program has the goal of being …

future weaponsUS needs megawatt class combat lasers to counter hypersonic missiles

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Michael Griffin, the undersecretary for research and engineering, expects future budgets to provide funds for lasers that the missile defense agency can more rapidly develop and field. Space-control needs to have megawatt-class lasers. Hypersonic weapons’ low signature in flight and …

darpaOpFires Hypersonic Boost Glide program will have test launches from 2020-2022

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DARPA and the US Army Operational Fires (OpFires) program will develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched hypersonic boost-glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time-sensitive targets. Aerojet Rocketdyne, Exquadrum, and Sierra Nevada Corporation …

futureWind tunnel and lasers for US hypersonic development

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Sandia National Laboratories has a hypersonic wind tunnel and advanced laser diagnostic technology to help develop hypersonic technology. Sandia has an annual budget of over $3 billion. U.S. development of autonomous hypersonic missiles and drones are a top defense priority. …