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originally posted by: Badgermole42
a reply to: Zaphod58
And your answer to that person's question was....?
I think it has been implied that the LRS-B will have some form of this, but not sure where I got that. One or two of the linked patents in the recent "companion" thread show what appear to be pods, almost cargo container, in the line drawings. I didn't do much more than glance at these so it may have been something different, it just had me thinking about interchangeable payload. Kind of like a straight truck, with a roll-off mechanism, that can be a flatbed, box, dumpster hauler, salt-spreader, etc.
I think you had mentioned that one company had come up with getting a good, functional, stealthy shaped fuselage then possibly using different length/width/area/sweep wings depending on the application. Guess I'm just stuck in the versatility frame of mind.
One paper—co-authored by a principal in DenMar Inc., the company founded by Stealth pioneer Denys Overholser—refers to the development of a body with an RCS of -70 db per sq. meter, one-thousandth of the -40 db associated with the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). awin.aviationweek.com...