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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #960 on: August 04, 2018, 05:01:54 pm »
And where do they think they are going to get the workforce in the immediate future for said 'exciting new business line'?

Part of the reason Lockheed won sole-source on the AGM-183A (Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon) was the maturity
of the workforce they and NG had assembled for TBG.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #961 on: August 04, 2018, 10:47:53 pm »
There aren't any news from AGM-183A , Seems like it is into a black project .

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #962 on: August 04, 2018, 11:04:52 pm »
Hypersonic flight on the horizon

19 May 2016

Travelling from Sydney to London in less than two hours is no longer a farfetched concept following a successful hypersonic test flight conducted by an international team, including University of Queensland researchers and students.

The experimental rocket, called HiFiRE 5B, hit targeted speeds of Mach 7.5 (9,200kmph) and reached a height of 278 kilometres from earth, after being launched from the Woomera Test Range in South Australia.

Researchers from UQ, Defence Science and Technology Group, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing and HiFiRE (Hypersoic International Flight Research Experimentation Program) were involved in the project.   

Professor Michael Smart from UQ’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering said the flight placed the Australian aerospace industry on the international stage.

“UQ is pleased to be part of a group of highly skilled individuals doing cutting edge research,” he said.

"We’re excited by the contributions this and future HIFiRE flights will make to the advancement of hypersonic flight technology.”

HiFiRE 5B is one of 10 experimental flights as part of the international collaboration which investigates the physical phenomenon of flying faster than five times the speed of sound.

“The knowledge gained from these experiments will be applied to develop future flight vehicles and testing of advanced air-breathing hypersonic propulsion engines, known as scramjets,” Professor Smart said.

Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky said hypersonic flight has the potential to provide immense social and economic benefits. 

“The success of this test launch takes us one step closer to the realisation of hypersonic flight,” Dr Zelinsky said.

“It is a game-changing technology identified in the 2016 Defence White Paper and could revolutionise global air travel, providing cost-effective access to space.”

The program is aimed at exploring the fundamental technologies critical to the realisation of sustained hypersonic flight.

Boeing’s chief scientist for hypersonics Kevin Bowcutt said the HiFiRE program will accelerate the development of operational hypersonic systems by producing valuable scientific flight data.

The HiFiRE team has already achieved some significant milestones such as the design, assembly and pre-flight testing of the hypersonic vehicles and the design of complex avionics and flight systems.

More test flights from Woomera are scheduled in 2017.

https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2016/05/hypersonic-flight-horizon

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~jjewell/documents/AIAA-2017-3134.pdf

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #963 on: August 07, 2018, 09:55:16 am »
Lockheed now has significant contracts for both major hypersonic strike programs: Missiles and Fire Control will develop the AGM-183A ARRW, while Space gets the HCSW.  (ARRW evolved from DARPA's TBG.)

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lockheed-martin-claims-both-usaf-hypersonic-programm-450968/

Would also suggest to our moderators that we break out AGM-183A content into its own topic in Missile Projects, now that it's an official USAF program of record.

Edit: modified to note HCSW is not an air-breathing system.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #964 on: August 08, 2018, 09:39:54 am »

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #965 on: August 15, 2018, 09:52:27 am »
http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/August%202018/Lockheed-Gets-Yet-Another-Hypersonic-Missile-Contract.aspx

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In addition to the ARRW, HCSW, TBG, and HAWC, Lockheed's "Skunk Works" is believed to still be working on the High Speed Strike Weapon, which sources say is a tactical missile in the Mach 3-plus category that resembles its D-21 drone, which USAF launched from SR-71s and B-52s in the 1970s. The HSSW is derivative of the Revolutionary Approach to Time Critical Long Range Strike program Lockheed explored with the Navy in the early 2000s.

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #966 on: August 15, 2018, 10:25:34 am »
http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/August%202018/Lockheed-Gets-Yet-Another-Hypersonic-Missile-Contract.aspx

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In addition to the ARRW, HCSW, TBG, and HAWC, Lockheed's "Skunk Works" is believed to still be working on the High Speed Strike Weapon, which sources say is a tactical missile in the Mach 3-plus category that resembles its D-21 drone, which USAF launched from SR-71s and B-52s in the 1970s. The HSSW is derivative of the Revolutionary Approach to Time Critical Long Range Strike program Lockheed explored with the Navy in the early 2000s.

That would almost be too good to be true.  Still never understood why they gave up RATTLRS.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #967 on: August 15, 2018, 04:17:13 pm »
http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/August%202018/Lockheed-Gets-Yet-Another-Hypersonic-Missile-Contract.aspx

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In addition to the ARRW, HCSW, TBG, and HAWC, Lockheed's "Skunk Works" is believed to still be working on the High Speed Strike Weapon, which sources say is a tactical missile in the Mach 3-plus category that resembles its D-21 drone, which USAF launched from SR-71s and B-52s in the 1970s. The HSSW is derivative of the Revolutionary Approach to Time Critical Long Range Strike program Lockheed explored with the Navy in the early 2000s.

That would almost be too good to be true.  Still never understood why they gave up RATTLRS.

Perhaps RATTLRS into HSSW in black project .

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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #968 on: October 06, 2018, 04:21:41 am »
http://aviationweek.com/future-aerospace/generation-orbit-fires-hypersonic-testbed?NL=AW-05&Issue=AW-05_20180703_AW-05_204&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2&utm_rid=CPEN1000000230026&utm_campaign=15475&utm_medium=email&elq2=0ef065e588ed4e2d812c58710cdf5367

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Generation Orbit Launch Services has completed the first hot-fire test of a full-scale prototype of its GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight-test booster.

The startup is developing the air-launched GO1 for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as an affordable and flexible hypersonic testbed.

The firing was the first of its kind to be conducted at Cecil Spaceport in Jacksonville, Florida, and also GO’s first test campaign with Ursa Major Technologies’ Hadley liquid rocket engine. The 5,000 lb. thrust-class oxygen-rich staged combustion engine performed as expected through the tests, GO said.

I posted my thoughts a couple years back just get a Roadrunner II SRM put a BGV on the front end ya got a near term hypersonic strike weapon.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-designates-golauncher1-hypersonic-research-rock-452476/
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The US Air Force has applied the official military designation of X-60A to a hypersonic research rocket formerly known as GOLauncher1.

The vehicle is being developed by Generation Orbit Launch Services under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division, the service said 4 October.

The X-60A is an air-dropped liquid rocket designed for hypersonic flight research, including testing of technologies like scramjet propulsion, high-temperature-resistant materials and autonomous control.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #969 on: October 11, 2018, 06:40:44 am »
http://aviationweek.com/defense/sandia-s-swerve-could-lead-first-gen-hypersonic-production-line

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The veil of secrecy has lifted over one of the Pentagon’s largest hypersonic weapons programs, revealing new details of a triservice rush to adapt a nearly 40-year-old experimental maneuvering reentry vehicle concept into an air-, sea- or land-launched common-boost-glide weapon.

The revelations provide deeper insight into plans that unite three separate projects—the U.S. Army’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW), the Air Force’s Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) and the Navy’s Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS)—under a single Defense Department-wide program to field a Mach 6 missile by 2021.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #970 on: October 11, 2018, 06:44:39 am »
Hopefully it won't be a, "whoa, this is harder than we thought. Those guys were really smart.  We better cancel it." moment like LRASM-B.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #971 on: October 11, 2018, 06:50:01 am »
Hopefully it won't be a, "whoa, this is harder than we thought. Those guys were really smart.  We better cancel it." moment like LRASM-B.
ATK just a successful test of the GEM-63 SRM would be a perfect strike missile combo IMHO.
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #972 on: October 11, 2018, 07:13:58 am »
Hopefully it won't be a, "whoa, this is harder than we thought. Those guys were really smart.  We better cancel it." moment like LRASM-B.
ATK just a successful test of the GEM-63 SRM would be a perfect strike missile combo IMHO.

They're north of 100,000lbs and 65+ feet long, and you'd need a 2nd stage, so. . .
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Re: US Prompt Global Strike Capability
« Reply #973 on: October 11, 2018, 08:10:10 am »
Hopefully it won't be a, "whoa, this is harder than we thought. Those guys were really smart.  We better cancel it." moment like LRASM-B.

It could be worse, the SWERVE could give an out to solving the hard problems of hypersonics. So the US gets something NOW - but China solves the problem of TPS, controls, etc. and outmatches the US in the mid-term.