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originally posted by: hawkguy
a reply to: Zaphod58
One of the perks of being in Ohio is being able to see the XB-70 at the Air force museum at Wright Pat. Don't get many spooky aircraft flying overhead, but we do get to look at the spooky aircraft of the past.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: sqd5driver
My trip there they had moved it and several others into the new building, which opened the following week. I caught the aft end peeking out though. For me, the memorial garden was the best part of the museum.
originally posted by: anzha
There's not a lot of information available about the Chinese test. No pix. Not a lot of detail on the vehicle itself. However, what we do know is...concerning.
The Starry Night 2 vehicle is a wedge shaped, wave rider. It was accelerated by a solid rocket to hypersonic speeds and flew over 6 minutes at Mach 5.5 and ultimately reached Mach 6. There it supposedly conducted some maneuvers. The shortest possible distance it covered at speed was 792 miles and possibly up to (but not likely) 864 miles.
There is no information about how long it was about Mach 5 before the test completed. That it accelerated after reaching Mach 5.5 would suggest a powered flight rather than a boost glide. There is no word on what powered the vehicle at hypersonic speeds: was it a conventional rocket? Was it a scramjet?
The length of time at speed would suggest they are hitting the same 7 minute issue we have/had.