DARPA's hypersonic weapons move closer to free-flight testing

DARPA testing is moving forward on two variants of a weapon concept that can travel faster than the speed of

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Next up is testing that focuses on “ hydrocarbon scramjet-powered propulsion and thermal management techniques to enable prolonged hypersonic cruise, in addition to affordable system designs and manufacturing approaches. ” Program manager Andrew Knoedler said in a statement that “These tests provide us a large measure of confidence – already well informed by years of simulation and wind tunnel work – that gives us faith the unique design path we embarked on will provide unmatched capability to US forces.

The two concepts built by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon use scramjets that use the vehicle’s speed to compress air prior to combustion and extend flight at hypersonic speeds, while plans for aircraft include a turbine aircraft so it wouldn’t need a booster to get going in the first place.

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