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futureGoogle Satellite Pictures capture what is either a hypersonic vehicle prototype or an unusual drone

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An object that looks like it could be a hypersonic vehicle prototype has appeared in satellite photos. It could also just be an unusual drone. Some commenters think it might only be a racing boat. Based on the other parked …

futureLockheed may have completed a prototype hypersonic SR72

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Jack O’Banion, Vice President of Strategy and Customer Requirements, Advanced Development Programs for Lockheed Martin, at a presentation said that the SR72 could not have been made without digital transformation. This seems to indicate that a hypersonic vehicle has been …

futureHypersonic spaceplane company building test facility with DARPA funding

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Reaction Engines has begun construction of a new high-temperature airflow test facility where it plans to validate the performance of its precooler heat exchanger technology, an enabler of its revolutionary SABRETM engine. Located at the Front Range Airport near Watkins, …

chinaChina is building a mach 40 wind tunnel to test hypersonic weapons

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China is building the world’s fastest wind tunnel to simulate hypersonic flight at speeds of up to 12 kilometers per second (mach 40, 43200 kph, 26843 mph). A hypersonic vehicle flying at this speed from China could reach the west …

chinaHypersonic wind tunnel test model of China’s hypersonic vehicle revealed

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China Central Television (CCTV) aired a special talked about the JF-12 hypersonic wind tunnel. This is the largest testing setup of its kind in the world and can produce air speeds up to Mach 9 thanks to its pulse detonation …

chinaChina will launch a reusable spaceplane in 2020

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China plans to launch its reusable spaceplane in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher …

futureFully reusable Spacex Rockets would be lower cost than Skylon spaceplanes

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Ashley Dove-Jay, PhD researcher in Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, analyzed the launch costs of fully reusable Spacex rockets against the also in development Skylon spaceplanes. UPDATE : There is an update on the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket which …

futureAir launched rocket for captive carry testing of hypersonic technology

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Generation Orbit is developing GOLauncher 1. It is an air launched single stage rocket capable of serving microgravity, astrophysics, and hypersonics researchers. GO1 can fly a range of suborbital trajectories including high altitude and suppressed. Multiple payload configurations can accommodate …

darpaUS Air Force short lists hypersonic weapon vendors

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The US Air Force will award an engineering, manufacturing and development contract in early fiscal year 2018 to either Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Orbital ATK or Raytheon. Only those companies could produce the weapon within the USAF’s timeframe, according …

australiaUS-Australia had a successful Mach 8 HiFire 4 hypersonic missile test last week

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The US-Australia Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HiFIRE) program had at least one successful hypersonic flight at Woomera testing range in South Australia last week. A round of experiments concluded on 12 July, confirmed Australian defense minister Marise Payne. UQ …