Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Military to test hypersonic jet that could zip across the U.S. in less than 1 hour

A one hour flight from L.A. to N.Y. (AP Photo)


Technology as old as the universe, and off the shelf, as was the horse and buggy.  Horse and buggy was high tech in its own time. But only for people on Earth. Earth was back then, and as it is now, constantly visited by space faring beings in magical ships for as long as earth existed. Humans are getting a glimmer of what space flight is and it is all the rage now; how far mankind has come, WOW. While magical ships buzz all around us, unseen, ignored, and completely off most people's radar. A baby only hears and is fascinated by the noise of a rattle, it doesn't see or comprehend what is in the rest of the house or the world outside of the house.

Nevertheless, it is fascinating to see this stuff come off the shelf!

Lou

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/military-test-hypersonic-jet-could-zip-across-u-181638605.html

A superfast jet that could fly from L.A. to New York City in less than an hour may be one step closer to reality after a key test this week.
The X-51A WaveRider, an unmanned aircraft that could reach speeds up to Mach 6 will be launched from the wing of a B-52 bomber high above the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The WaveRider is expected to zip up into the atmosphere and fly at hypersonic speeds—3,600 mph—for 300 seconds, before breaking up into the ocean.
If successful, if would be the longest jaunt for the test aircraft. The newspaper noted that the development of WaveRider could lead to progress on a passenger jet that could theoretically travel across the U.S. in 46 minutes.
"Attaining sustained hypersonic flight is like going from propeller-driven aircraft to jet aircraft," Robert A. Mercier, deputy for technology in the high speed systems division at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Ohio told the L.A. Times.
But beyond passenger flights, achieving hypersonic speeds could also lead to the development of the next generation of missiles, space vehicles and military aircraft, the Times points out.
The WaveRider program had an issue in June of 2011 when the test vehicle in a similar test to the one planned for Tuesday failed to reach full power.
The Pentagon said it spent about $2 billion on technology and engineering around hypersonic flight over the last decade, the Times reports. This program is estimated to cost $140 million, according to Globalsecurity.org, a military policy research website.
If you're keeping score, the Concorde, a supersonic airliner, crossed the Atlantic at 1,350 mph.
It would take about 3.5 hours, about twice as fast as current commercial airlines. The Concorde was retired in 2003.

19 comments:

  1. "this stuff coming off of the shelf is fascinating." wow lou, that means a lot to me coming from you, you've seen and remembered seeing more than almost all of us, and something that is released to all catches your attention is something special indeed.


    -willy

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  2. "this stuff coming off of the shelf is fascinating." wow lou, that means a lot to me coming from you, you've seen and remembered seeing more than almost all of us, and something that is released to all catches your attention is something special indeed.


    -willy

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  3. Lol, I was just imagining a shelf with many different aircrafts, one more advanced than the other. From the first airplane, to a jet, to a 'ufo' and everything in between. Someone goes and just picks the next one.

    Lou, the next book? :D :D

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  4. willy, yeah, the trickle down of extraterrestrial technological fairy dust onto this planet is fascinating indeed. lol

    I vacationed in Italy back in 2001 and enjoyed immensely the ancient and splendid architecture of the cities of the past; and still in use after hundreds, and some building, thousands of years. For my cousins that lived there all their lives it was no big deal, they were more fascinated with America's modern cities and skyscrapers, which btw I am also.

    Many of the wonders we have on this planet continue to invoke wonder for those that have seen a lot of what is out there, yet some come to earth to enjoy what we have here.

    That's a lot more than many humans do. Those humans that are too busy fighting, killing and stealing from other humans to see and enjoy the wonders all around them.

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  5. Kai, the obstinate book was near complete when I was asked to remove some stuff from it. Still, it should be an eye opening book and even a bit disturbing, or not. Definitely unbelievable. Hopefully it will be done before Christmas.

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  6. Can't wait for the book Lou thats too bad about taking stuff out maybe next time Milton is off traversing the galaxy you can sneak it by him lol.

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  7. What a bummer about the book. I will keep looking forward to it.

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  8. Thanks for the post Lou and I'm sure the book will be really interesting.
    - Deepblue

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  9. Point A to Point B is not the problem in long distance travel.

    The problem is the time it takes from the ‘top of descent’ to maximum speed of 250 kts 30 miles out from destination the 200 kts from 20 miles out. The 150 kts from 10 miles out and approach speed (120-135 kts) to landing.

    In addition to that we have the wait to cross the intersecting runways and the delay crossing the intersecting taxi-ways. Further common delays are waiting for a gate to be empty.

    Further delays are deplaning and the walk to baggage. The wait for baggage can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

    If you have a car, the walk or bus ride to our car can take from 15 minutes to 30 minutes and waiting in line to pay the parking see can take up to 15 minutes.

    So not to be a spoil sport or anything but faster enroute speeds mean very little when you figure that ATC enroute slow downs for thunderstorms, in trail slowdowns for traffic to same airport and destination runway conditions, rain, hail, snow etc., then holding patterns for clogged up approaches.

    I didn’t mention anything about the beginning of this particular flight which includes parking, bus to terminal, checking in baggage, ticketing, security check, and walk to gate.

    Don’t forget to grab that cup of coffee and newspaper to read for the one hour delay in departure due to inbound delay and possible change of equipment. Passengers having connecting flights please check with gate agent for possible change in outbound flight from destination.

    Attention all passengers in terminal A, B C and D. Due to a possible breach in security these terminal have been closed. Please use the nearest exit to curbside and re-enter at security check points when these terminals have been cleared and authorized for passenger use.

    We hope that this does not interfere with your travel plans but please remember…safety first.

    Have a nice day.

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  10. Thanks Lou!!

    Does it comes for regular pasengers or just militar use?

    Frami

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  11. Thanks Dear Lou!

    Does it come for regular passengers or military use?

    Frami

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  12. John, you need to fly Milton Air more.

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  13. Frami, regular passengers after the military figures out how to use and operate Alien technology. Like all Alien tech, it takes getting use to and figuring out how things work. The higher the tech the longer the learning curve.

    The training wheels on the tricycle are still on.

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  14. are you sure it isn't a cardboard replicate instead of those training wheels?

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  15. Scott, lol, heck they would have sold the Brooklyn Bridge to the military but taking advantages like that is frowned on by the intergalactic council...unless of course, it's very funny and they get a big laugh out of it, in which case it would be allowed.

    Extraterrestrials have it all, including a wild sense of humor. But that don't mean they are funny.

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  16. Well since down here in mexico the main mode of transportation is retired little special school buses outfitted with red paint and smaller chairs and hand rails so they can cram 90 people in the damn thing i'd say the ETs overlooking mexico have a terribly wicked sense of humor hahaha.

    I'm talking model 1989 retired little special school buses hahahaha or as they all chuckle down here in mexico while they ride it, happy as an oblivious cow on a slaughterer house conveyor belt, jajajaja.

    Very much looking forward to this up coming book Sleeper.

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  17. Well since down here in mexico the main mode of transportation is retired little special school buses outfitted with red paint and smaller chairs and hand rails so they can cram 90 people in the damn thing i'd say the ETs overlooking mexico have a terribly wicked sense of humor hahaha.

    I'm talking model 1989 retired little special school buses hahahaha or as they all chuckle down here in mexico while they ride it, happy as an oblivious cow on a slaughterer house conveyor belt, jajajaja.

    Very much looking forward to this up coming book Sleeper.

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  18. Hi Lou John and everyone! Ahh Lou I kept looking at ufolou for your next book. So what ive read not till December.;) well! !!! I will have to deal. Gads I miss your thoughts and experiences. It does keep me grounded.

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