posted on Apr, 24 2018 @ 07:37 PM
a reply to: anzha
An existing prototype that was designed to UCLASS requirements, that they don't plan on flying, and I imagine doesn't reflect the final offering
probably doesn't give them a huge step up.
If they fly it and it is similar enough to the final submission, then it helps, but ...
My guess is the inlet goes away for their final submission. Easier to maintain laminar flow with a conventional inlet, and the signature requirements
were essentially dropped. Also frees up more internal room for tankage, for only slightly more drag to wetted area.
I wouldn't weigh the existing prototype too much. It just means they were ahead of the curve on the old requirements when they rolled it out almost
four years ago. Let's them roll out something publicly now and get pictures in all the industry mags.
ETA: I would not be surprised to learn that LM also had/has a UCLASS demonstrator already completed or close to completion that got the boot when the
requirements changed. Again.
edit on 24-4-2018 by RadioRobert because: (no reason given)