Okay, explain this to me:
When NASA did supercomputer windtunnel tests of the X-30 @ escape velocity while in the atomospheric range of 250,000ft
, the model showed a fiction air temperature of 3000 centigrade. If there is no atomosphere to support aerodynamic lift, then there should also be no friction due to the atomosphere.
The idea that there is air-supportable lift at 80,000 where the SR-71 has gone and not at higher altitudes doesn't make sence.
Granted this was done in a cybertunnel, the X-43 will experience a similar situtation as it flies @ Mach 5 at 110,000 feet later this year. Have you seen this thing? It's built around it's engine, an airbreather, a scramjet. As the air gets compressed by the forward section of the vehicle, the reaction is that it pops up -- as forward lift
. That thing would go completely out of control if it had only forward lift.
Pertaining to my original question
, the center of lift must move back far enough so the plane is balanced; or is that wrong?
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