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originally posted by: beetee
a reply to: penroc3
why do the powers that be pretend the tech isn't available to them?
I think, if there are such assets, that the very notion that it is possible to do this would be jealously guarded. I don't know how they would do it, apart from some notions on LTA platforms which might conceivably work in conjunction with some other propulsion system, but I think it is clear from history that once the cat is out of the bag, others will soon breed cats of their own. Maybe it is very exotic and carries other potentially disruptive technologies with it.
Maybe it is that what you don't know to exist, you won't look for, and what you don't look for you won't find?
originally posted by: RadioRobert
a reply to: Bhadhidar
LTA is more vulnerable than conventional tanker, no matter how high.
originally posted by: Bhadhidar
a reply to: Zaphod58
“They” wouldn’t come down themselves.
Hence the robotic “gas can drones”.
The drones wouldn’t need to carry any more fuel than required for one fighter, more maneuverable than a large, heavy conventional tanker, and they would be essentially expendable.
Just an idea that was tossed about a couple decades ago.
originally posted by: mightmight
You guys do realize high altitude vehicles can only carry a miniscule payload, right?
Bu60-1 from JP Areospace (which currently holds the world record at 53km, barely scratching the mesosphere) has an internal volume of 60.000m³ and a payload capacity of less than 5kg. Your run in the mil tanker carries 20.000 times that.
originally posted by: penroc3
a reply to: Blue Shift
orrrr the secret service