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Space Projects / Re: Japanese future space projects
« Last post by Grey Havoc on Today at 05:24:37 am »
Behind the Scenes / Company serious about launching rockets (The Japan News / The Yomiuri Shimbun)

The name of Canon Electronics has only been heard in space development circles in the last few years. The company was said to have been working on small satellites and small rockets, with the aim of getting into the space industry, but these claims were greeted with incredulity.

Last summer, interest in the company suddenly perked up. Canon Electronics established a planning company to get a foothold in the overall space business.

Four companies joined together to co-found the planning company: IHI Aerospace Co., which manufactured the small Epsilon rocket; Shimizu Corp.; the Development Bank of Japan; and Canon Electronics, which provided 70 percent of the funding.

Significant progress was made on July 2 with the upgrade of the planning company to an operating company called Space One Co. The company then announced it would start rocket launching services in fiscal 2021, with the goal of achieving 20 launches per year by the mid-2020s.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Grumman / Shin Meiwa ASR-544-4
« Last post by galgot on Today at 05:15:54 am »
 ;) happy to learn that !
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Grumman / Shin Meiwa ASR-544-4
« Last post by Grey Havoc on Today at 05:11:08 am »
Ah. Carry on!  ;)
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Grumman / Shin Meiwa ASR-544-4
« Last post by PaulMM (Overscan) on Today at 05:04:19 am »
Or maybe it's just from "Vehicle" ?

OMG we got that from the FRENCH?????

Next you'll be telling me that the Marines' Hymn tune is from a FRENCH OPERA.... not merely that but FRENCH LIGHT OPERA. And a lyric about cowardly cops.


Seriously - I wonder if Friedman has an explanation for "V" somewhere.

You know, being from an originally ex-british colony, you speak english (well, your own version, as peoples from colonies usually don't speak the correct language from their masters…) and thus use a lot of FRENCH words without knowing it… sorry.
As for the "cowardly cops" part… Seriously, I thought the "french surrendering monkeys" stuff was out of fashion these days ...tiresome to see it here.

Not sure if that joke whistled over everyone's heads or...

The Marines Hymn is set to music written by a German-born French composer from a light (comedy) opera, and specifically a song where two "gendarmes" discuss their own cowardliness.
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Grumman / Shin Meiwa ASR-544-4
« Last post by KoV on Today at 05:03:47 am »
Carrier Vessel ;)
Naval Projects / Re: 1973-74 Spansh Guided Missile Destroyer Project
« Last post by pometablava on Today at 05:02:10 am »
In the plan, the CL stated for "A Canarias cruiser replacement" which materialized into an intention to buy an USS Kidd class DDG.

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Missile Projects / US hypersonic weapons projects. (General)
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 04:58:50 am »
Just trying to keep them straight.  So we have (pulled from a couple different articles recently posted):

1.  AGM-183A - Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). "The ARRW, like many of the emerging threats, is an air-launched, rocket-boosted unpowered hypersonic glider. To be developed under a $480 million initial contract, potentially worth $780 million including early production through 2023, the ARRW work is an extension to Lockheed’s pre-existing DARPA contract under which it is building the virtually identical Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) demonstrator."  Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

2. Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW). The HCSW is a solid-rocket-powered, GPS-guided missile, and is targeted at initial operational capability on existing combat aircraft in fiscal 2022. Lockheed Martin Space Systems

3. Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC).  A scramjet-powered missile demonstrator similar in concept to the Air Force Research Laboratory/Boeing X-51A scramjet-powered vehicle that exceeded Mach 5 in a 2013 flight test. Both Lockheed Martin Skunk Works and Raytheon

4. Raytheon, which is partnered with Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (formerly Orbital ATK) on the scramjet for HAWC, is also in final negotiations with DARPA to develop and test a TBG glide demonstrator. Raytheon’s newest work is believed to be supporting DARPA development of a ship-launched TBG for the U.S. Navy. In July, Lockheed was awarded a $40.5 million Navy Hypersonic Booster Technology Development (HBTD) contract, also believed to be related to this effort.

5. Another one of the projects in the Technology Transition Program is the Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE), which aims to demonstrate a hybrid propulsion system that would utilize a traditional turbine engine and transition to a Dual Mode Ramjet (DMRJ) for hypersonic travel. Ground tests are planned for 2019 or 2020. This is a joint effort between DARPA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

6. The Army and Navy are also working on developing hypersonic capabilities. The Army is working with DARPA on studying a ground-launched capability for hypersonic boost glide weapons through the Operational Fires project. This effort was funded at $6 million in FY18 and $50 million in the FY19 request. Operational Fires will also leverage work done on the Air Force TBG program. The Army was previously conducting work on the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon. A successful flight test was conducted in November 2011, but an August 2014 flight test failed due to a problem with the booster rocket used to launch the glide vehicle.

7. The Navy was tasked with a follow-on test using a downsized hypersonic vehicle. Downsizing provides the Navy with the ability to analyze possible future ship-launched capabilities. The Navy's Strategic Systems Programs office conducted this test in October 2017, dubbed Flight Experiment-1. A rocket carrying the glide vehicle was launched from Hawaii, after which the glide vehicle flew more than 2,000 miles in about 30 minutes. Other details of the test were classified.

8. 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.  (This sounds more like speculation as they seem to be conflating two different programs.)
Postwar Aircraft Projects / Re: Grumman / Shin Meiwa ASR-544-4
« Last post by pometablava on Today at 03:32:35 am »
Dear gentlemen please stay on topic.
Space Projects / Re: Japanese future space projects
« Last post by Grey Havoc on Today at 03:07:37 am »
Satellites aimed at preventing space collisions under review (The Yomiuri Shimbun)

The government is considering introducing space situational awareness (SSA) satellites to protect Japanese satellites from collisions with space debris and interference by satellites operated by other nations, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

According to several government sources, launch of the SSA satellites, which are capable of monitoring an area in space, is being planned for a period from fiscal 2024 to fiscal 2028.

The government is making arrangements to have the National Defense Program Guidelines, the basic framework for the nation’s defense policy that will be revised at the end of this year, mention that “the entire government will be involved in efforts to significantly strengthen space situational awareness capabilities.”

SSA satellites monitor the movement of suspicious satellites, as well as space debris circling Earth at high speed — fragments of rockets, satellites that no longer operate, and other objects. If the SSA satellite recognizes a Japanese satellite is in danger, it will notify operators on the ground who can instruct the satellite to change its orbit and avoid a collision.

The government estimates each SSA satellite will cost about ¥15 billion, with each rocket launch costing from ¥5 billion to ¥10 billion, according to the sources.

Naval Projects / Re: Queen Elizabeth Class (CVF) development
« Last post by FighterJock on Today at 02:55:18 am »
The Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will set sail for the US tonight to take part in sea trials with the F-35B Lightning 2 STOVL aircraft landing on the carrier for the first time.
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