The article is not exceptionally clear. Did they make Mach 6, and lose the fin during acceleration, or were they in the process of boosting to Mach 6. They menion later in the article that the Scramjet itself was never activated?
Anyone with more info.
Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
DrStrange From Germany, joined Jul 2007, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6350 times:
Interestingly enough the story was pretty big in the German media. I found it in a couple of papers/magazines.
The fin problem apparently started 16 seconds after the launch from the B52. The article mentions that control was lost another 15s after that when discarding the rocket engine.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6101 times:
Quoting DrStrange (Reply 2): Interestingly enough the story was pretty big in the German media.
Germany had a project for about the same thing in the '30s during the Third Reich:
Silbervogel, German for silver bird, was a design for a rocket-powered sub-orbital bomber aircraft produced by Eugen Sänger and Irene Bredt in the late 1930s for The Third Reich/Nazi Germany.
and it came to the...
Sanger II Space Plane
On 18 October 1985 Messerschmidt-Boelkow-Bloehm (MBB) began renewed studies of the Sänger spaceplane, this time a "piggyback" two-stage-to-orbit horizontal takeoff concept.
so this US Air Force hypersonic rocket is nothing new.
and then there was this DARPA thing that they said had reached Mach20
Superfast Military Aircraft Hit Mach 20 Before Ocean Crash, DARPA Says
Date: 18 August 2011 Time: 10:34 AM ET
A superfast unmanned military plane traveled at 20 times the speed of sound and managed to control itself for three minutes before crashing into the Pacific Ocean in a recent test, military officials said.