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DARPA awards hypersonic engine work to Orbital ATK (Northrop?)

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posted on Sep, 20 2017 @ 03:12 PM
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a reply to: BASSPLYR

Yeah, sure it does, but is convenient to have a downsized or capped civil version IF the Skunk gets "caught" in the open




posted on Sep, 20 2017 @ 03:17 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Lack of money maybe?



posted on Sep, 20 2017 @ 03:25 PM
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a reply to: Fastmover

Partly. Mostly it was not having a clear set of parameters when they started, so every time you turn around top speed and altitude change, until eventually one side of the team just can't keep up. Both of them changed their top speed and cruising altitude something like 3 times before they even started building a prototype, but kept the first flight and service entry dates the same until they had to change them.
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posted on Sep, 20 2017 @ 03:54 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I wish them well, would love to see this thing on the ramp in my lifetime.



posted on Sep, 20 2017 @ 04:51 PM
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a reply to: Fastmover
The same




posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 06:53 PM
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DARPA also gave a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne for the same sort of propulsion system as they did for Northrop's Orbital ATK.

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