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originally posted by: BASSPLYR
A reply to: [post=19297053]Zaphod58[/post
Boomless demonstrator? Another question for pumpkin. Did you see the actual bird and say it matches the Texas photo or just the contrail. It's a concise contrail which has me thinking.
The aircraft uses a version of Northrop’s stealthy “cranked-kite” design, as does the X-47B, with a highly swept centerbody and long, slender outer wings. Northrop Grumman engineers publicly claimed (before the launch of the classified program) that the cranked-kite is scalable and adaptable, in contrast to the B-2’s shape, which has an unbroken leading edge. The RQ-180’s centerbody length and volume can be greater relative to the vehicle’s size.
Computational fluid dynamics permit new stealth aircraft to achieve “sailplane-like” efficiency, industry officials say. The management of complex three-dimensional airflow is the key to achieving laminar flow over much of the wing and designing stealth-compatible exhaust and inlet systems that are lighter and more efficient than those on the B-2.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Hm. Some kind of offshoot of the old AEREON program? A new type of Dynairship?
It would be interesting to see what that research would look like today.