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Hypersonic Space Bomber

Discussion in 'Europe & Russia' started by randomradio, Jul 17, 2016.

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    BMD Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    There's no way something light than a PAK-FA will get into space, or have significant scramjet range, as article states. Sputnik have a lot of far-fetched articles, very little of which has come to fruition, if any.

    SM-3s can hit MaRVs. They use DACT.
     
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    Dude, you gotta brush up on your knowledge. Google X-37. Google ISRO's RLV-TD.

    Dude, there is a huge difference between aircraft and warheads.
     
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    X-37 uses a separate launch vehicle, as does RLV-TD.

    Yeah, warheads are lighter and more manoeuvrable.
     
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    Regardless, small aircraft can fly into space.

    As for RLV, the plan is to boost the orbiter to 60+ Km and then move to the scramjet phase followed by the cryogenics stage. This can easily be achieved if a regular engine lifts the orbiter to 30Km followed by the scramjet phase. You don't need a lot of fuel for that. That's DRDO's plan for their Avatar spacecraft, and it's obviously being done by the Russians.
     
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    That isn't a proper reusable LV then. SpaceX and Skylon are fully reusable.
     
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    And why is that? It will land back as usual.
     
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    But the rocket it uses to launch it isn't reusable. With SpaceX and Skylon the whole thing lands again afterwards.
     
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    There are multiple versions planned. The final one will be as big as the US shuttles, 2030.

    SpaceX and ISRO's goal is similar, both have long term goals for bringing back everything for reuse.
     
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    Right, but right now the RLV-TD doesn't do that.

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    That's because the TD doesn't even have engines.

    At least the full scale RLV is expected to be ready by 2030, a scramjet engine test is expected this month or the next. Your Skylon's only a paper dream right now.

    Anyway, the Russians are far ahead in this field from the looks of it. They will have a flying system ready after 2020.
     
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    Not really, Skylon has already been ground tested.
     

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