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The TAW-50 has a SCRAM (supersonic ramjet) propulsion system
for passing through the outer atmosphere.
The contractor noted, "Those [electro-] gravitics allow it to
change its mass to almost nothing in a moment, and reverse
direction in a second, increase its acceleration to so many
times G [Earth's gravity] it's not funny, yet they are able
to nearly nullify the G-force on the pilots. They [the
electrogravitics] are fourth generation, with the ability to
bring it to a complete standstill in under 2 milliseconds,
if need be, without crushing the pilots, and keep it there
for quite some time."
it can dive straight down through the
atmosphere at over 38,000 miles per hour on an 80-degree
Originally posted by gtpilot
The temperatures that would be generated in a maneuver like this would require a heat shield stronger than anything we currently have. The current record for re-entry speed is just under 29,000 mph, and that was the recent Stardust aircraft which is about the size of a average office desk and re-entered at way less than 80 degrees.
Not to mention that current heat sheild designs aren't even close to having the multiple re-uses that are mentioned in this articke.
The contractor notes, "It's far too fast for tracking radars.
" And, he adds, what military aims its radars straight up?
Originally posted by meshuggah1324
Anyone take former head of Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Ben Rich seriously when just before his death he said "We already have the technology to travel among the stars"?