GD Convair/USAF Suborbital Vehicle (SOV) 1988

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Some GD papers from 1988-1989 timeframe describes one of what GD used to call HVV or HAV family - HyperVelocity Vehicles or Hypersonic Aerospace Vehicles. This one was dubbed SOV (SubOrbital Vehicle), and said to be based on GD TAV studies (1983-1985).

An rocket-powered SSTO with Al-Li non-integral tanks, that were choosen over integral ones, 'hot' TPS with Rene 41/Inconel Type 718/titanium hi-temperature alloys used. Engine type is not described, though.
 

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And a clearer views.


http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/3.46032
 

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