Scramjets are Go -- Hypersonics are Back
Curious. Just weeks ago, there was virtually no discussion in the general press about supersonic research other than Boeing's announcement regarding Sonic Cruiser - instantly trashed by some as outside their realm of capability. Prior to that, it was multitudinous denunciations of Concorde following last year's tragic crash, denunciations which essentially confined an extraordinary aircraft to the garbage heap of aviation history.
Things seem to be changing in the area of aerospace technology, and quickly. Now it looks a lot like hypersonics, once considered the future of aviation, are back in a big way. Earlier this week, eMOTION! Reports published "The Black Technology that Makes Sonic Cruiser a Real Possibility." Shortly thereafter, NASA announced that they are going to build and fly their X-43A hypersonic scramjet. And now AIRBUS confirms they are considering a Sonic Cruiser of their own.
Regarding the NASA announcement, which
is reminiscent of 1960's reporting on the legendary X-15 project, we sought
additional details. And what we found was more than just a flirtatious
foray into the realm of hypersonic flight capable aircraft; the program
is full bore. Moreover, it goes a long way in confirming the existence
of Aurora, the Mach 5 successor to the SR-71 spyplane.
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