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Offline Grey Havoc

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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2015, 01:21:37 pm »
They've made some changes to the design: http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/supersonic-jet-could-fly-nyc-to-london-in-3-hours-150713.htm

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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2017, 08:08:55 pm »
I didn't look up the range, but this-  You are talking maybe shaving three hours on a NY-London flight.  Are the economics there, either in the launch cost or operating cost?  Frankly, I think this would have greater appeal to the shipping companies if it had the range to do hub-spoke runs non-stop. 

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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 02:14:46 am »
according to Spike's blog, the prototype was unmanned - an RC model then?
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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 04:46:55 am »
according to Spike's blog, the prototype was unmanned - an RC model then?
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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
« Reply #24 on: Yesterday at 04:56:13 am »
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Seven test flights have been conducted, and the proper adjustments were made in order to tweak the aircraft’s balance, center of mass, and control surfaces.
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Seriously?!

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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
« Reply #25 on: Yesterday at 01:00:52 pm »
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Re: Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet
« Reply #26 on: Yesterday at 05:50:09 pm »
A subsonic scale model intended to investigate low-speed handling of the basic wing form most likely. That's no small step on its own as getting a design optimised for supersonic flight to behave at low speed, take-off and landing is not easy... but it's a long way from the finished product too.
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