Bill S said:Another aspect of the program that dd not get much attention in the earlier posts is the pitch for a Universal Hypersonic Test Vehicle UHTV and the Advanced Unmanned Interceptor variants of that concept.
Attached is a concept art slide of the UHTV, drawings of AUI-1, AUI-2 and some Time To Intercept information for even more advanced versions of the concept that I do not have drawings of AUI-3, AUI-3P/J or AUI-4P.
TomS said:Yep, definite Vigilante vibe with the rearward missile deployment. But that has to be about the worst aeroacoustic environment imaginable for a missile to fly through. Sure feels like the work of a team with a lot of spare time on their hands.
Mark Nankivil said:Good Day All -
From Vought material I had the opportunity to scan, the testbed, or one very similar to, AUI-1 in Bill's scan of an overhead in Reply #117. It appears that take off/landing are done inverted and high speed flight with the ramjet located on the "upper" surface. Quite smart...
Enjoy the Day! Mark