Hypersonic plane to fly at 20 times speed of sound

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    Hypersonic plane to fly at 20 times speed of sound

    Hypersonic travel almost a reality

    Within four years we'll be able to travel anywhere on earth in an under an hour. At least that's the hope of the US military as it spearheads technological development and flight tests X-planes.

    The US military aims to fly a hypersonic plane at 20 times the speed of sound by 2016.

    The X-plane will travel at Mach 20 (roughly 20,900 km/h), which means it could fly to any place on earth in less than an hour.


    We have the opportunity to usher in a new area of flight.
    Christopher Schulz
    The project, titled Integrated Hypersonics, is being carried out by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which has developed stealth aircraft for the US government for over 30 years.


    The X-plane will travel at roughly 20,900 km/h. Photo: DARPA

    "We have the opportunity to usher in a new area of flight more rapidly," said US Air Force Major Christopher Schulz, who is also the program manager at DARPA. "And in doing so, develop a new national security capability far beyond previous initiatives."

    According to the government agency, the project comes in response to the US's military advantage being threatened by other nations' increasing abilities in stealth and counter-stealth warfare.

    DARPA has conducted two test flights of prototype hypersonic aircraft in the past two years. In August last year, the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) reached Mach 20, but only remained airborne for nine minutes.


    Read more: X-Plane: Hypersonic Flight: Aeronautics: US Military, Defense Research

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    DARPA Falcon Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    The program's research will focus on five key areas: thermal protection system and hot structures; aerodynamics; guidance, navigation and control (GNC); range/instrumentation; and propulsion.

    Thermal protection is a crucial issue for hypersonic flight, which is defined as anything over Mach 5. A vehicle flying inside the atmosphere at Mach 20 would experience temperatures in excess of 1920 degrees Celsius - hot enough to melt steel. The project will also aim to improve design and manufacturing processes, in order to able faster production.

    "We do not yet have a complete hypersonic system solution," said Gregory Hulcher, director of strategic warfare at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

    "Programs like Integrated Hypersonics will leverage previous investments in this field and continue to reduce risk, inform development, and advance capabilities," he said.

    A new launch vehicle will be designed for the hypersonic aircraft, rather than adapting an existing rocket booster that was designed for space missions, DARPA said. Rocket propulsion technology will also be integrated into the vehicles to give a mid-flight rocket boost that would extend the range of the flight.

    Proposed advancements in aerodynamics and GNC technologies will allow the X-plane to make in-flight adjustments to deal with changing external conditions, increasing the safety of the vehicles.

    Moving forward, the program will conduct further ground tests and test flights of prototype vehicles, as well as modelling and simulation that will culminate in a full-scale flight of the X-plane in 2016.

    DARPA will host an event on August 14 in Arlington, Virginia, to detail the areas for which technical and research proposals are being sought.


    Read more: X-Plane: Hypersonic Flight: Aeronautics: US Military, Defense Research
     
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    The opening of the novel, Angels and Demons, describes this kind of flight.
     
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    I have a more star trek faith in humanity if we can turn our attentions towards developing into a space faring civilization. :eusa_boohoo:
     
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    Developing the use of bicycles would be a much bigger and better contribution to the real life and needs of humanity (a lot cheaper and infinitely less polluting, too).
     
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    Will make a hell of a bombing drone.
     
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    Wow, what a sad outlook on humanity. We already have bikes. :eusa_shhh: We would of never broke a rock to make a sharp edge or developed roads, computers, satellites, houses to live comfortably. All this was developed through people thinking and carrying through with it. Life isn't worth living if we stop our forward precession. What the fuck is the purpose of life?

    One day our advances could take all the co2 out of the Atmosphere, cure diseases and take man to the stars. But some people want to just give up. Seems like a borning baseless way of life.

    I bet you would of chased that chimp like creature back up that tree 3 million years ago. :badgrin: You'd likely see that as something good. :eusa_shifty:

    We're NOT going to remain at the floorfront in science and our planets number one millitary power by not spending the money to develop such. What the fuck does spending 200,000,000,000 a year fighting a bunch of thugs in some third world shit hole do for us? NOTHING. Not one goddamn thing. Nasa, drapa, jpl give us the tech that keeps as the leaders we're. It is either us or China.

    As far as I'm concern if we're going to spend 700,000,000,000 per year on defense...This is the best way to do so. This way we develop the technology to remain number one...Instead of running our forces into the dirt on a wild goose chase.
     
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    Priorities could be applied. We need better health, less pollution, less congestion, more humanity. High-tech bombers (after all, what is this thing really?) are not an advance. Technology is not a synonym for 'better'.
     
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    Many of the spin off of the past 50 years are from our space program and pushing the limits. This one day could get us from one spot to another on our planet in a matter of a few hours...Who knows what else as the direction of idea's isn't always predictable. Stealth isn't a advancement, but the fact that this is 7 times faster then our jet fighters...Well, that is a advancement.

    We spend hundreds of billions per year fighting in the third world for what??? Some of that 700 billion should go towards making sure we're at the cutting edge. We could have spin off that will lead towards better health, less pollution and heck maybe flying cars that could lead to less congestion. We're more advanced then most of the world because of such past attempts. We have cleaner air than any period since 1750 because of it. It is good!

    The sky's the limit if we wish to develop it and move forward.

    We live in a world of many enemies that want us dead. We need to lead and work towards a better world, but the middle east, africa and places like china will only work with us if we're strong. This is the way of the world. We could advance idea's and better our world as long as evil doesn't have a chance to over take us.
     
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    I corrected the OP.
    They seem to have a sticky "L" key.
     
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    Sadly that's all islam understands is death. How about us working towards a better world with advances that could cure disease, better our air and make our lives better? :eusa_angel:
     
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