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He later told reporters that adding such a mission would have resulted in requirements creep that would likely have delayed the bomber and raised its cost.
originally posted by: TAGBOARD
My second revision of planform estimates of the Long-Range Strike-B finalists, based on several sources of information including photographs, second hand stories, patents, RCS design, aerodynamics, lessons learned, conops, released studies, stability and control and A-12 background:
Sketch of Both LRS-B Finalists (Rev B)
Umm, your lofting skills are outstanding. Those of which you'd likely get by cutting your teeth in the advanced design department of a large defense contractor. ; )
From a VLO perspective, I don't know what to do with the canards whether they're pulled into the body OML somehow, or just ejected. Both are messy in an area where RCS is key - at the leading edge. So, I'd imagine those complications add cost and time to a program that is intended to be reliably fielded soon and on budget. A difficult decision that will be interesting to hear about when it's revealed.
I know this is a big ask, but could you gin up a loft of the Northrop bird as you see it?