With a smaller version. Mach 5-8, 4000km, hit the target. http://defense-update.com/20111117_s...n-concept.html
"There's a demon out there
at Mach 1between Mach 6 and Mach 20."
I may have many faults, but being wrong ain't one of them. - Jimmy Hoffa
Even here, people are questioning the use of Carriers http://www.usni.org/magazines/procee...fluous-carrier
With Iran very far from Israel, the Jericho missile looks to be an option. Stand-off weapons are really becoming more and more of a reality, and cheaper than operating many bases. What I want folks to help me understand is this: Why so much focus on some of the hypersonic airbreathing concepts eleswhere? I seem to remember an op-ed where folks praised the all solid skybolt over any of the new wave hypersonic missile concepts. All I have heard in the way of chatter was that Skybolt was TOO good.
Probable cause of the failure has been released.
Skin-peeling speed doomed hypersonic glider, U.S. says
"The most probable cause of the HTV-2 Flight 2 premature flight termination was unexpected aeroshell degradation," the research group explained in a new statement on the test flight.
Translation: The unmanned glider was streaking through the atmosphere when its outer skin started to rip off the airframe.
I got a chuckle at this comment:
Considering that's a given in aerodynamics, I would hope they know.DARPA knew friction from the glider passing through the air so fast would cause it to heat up.