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However Newsnight found two omissions to the censor's pen, buried deep in the UFO report, which stated that the US Air Force plans to produce "highly supersonic vehicles at M4-6" as well as hypersonic unmanned air vehicles. It also reports a USAF priority plan to produce an air-breathing aircraft with a M8-12 capability. Two photographs have been blacked out on the public version of the once-top secret report and several paragraphs of text also been crossed through
The projected (USAF) priority plan is to produce unpiloted air-breathing aircraft with a Mach 8-12 capability and transatmospheric vehicles which can operate between the upper air-breathing and sub-orbital flight regimes, as well as highly supersonic vehicles at Mach 4 to 6.
Originally posted by Nygdan
By Air-Breathing, do they mean Ramjet?
Originally posted by robertfenix
SR71 < Aurora < Falcon
SR71 was Mach 3+
Aurora is not a hypersonic aircraft being Mach 5 or 6
Falcon is designed to be Mach 8-12 (Hypersonic)
Shattered I think since DARPA is releasing some info on Falcon that quite possibly in the next 2 to 3 years we might get a real public release on Aurora.
[edit on 15-6-2006 by robertfenix]
Originally posted by Aim64C
The thing with a satelite is that you know when it is going to fly over. If you're out there, practicing setting up your scud, thinking its safe because the spy satelite is not overhead - then your attention is diverted by a ripping sonic boom and the infamous 'donuts on a rope' contrail. "Crap, they got us...." You can't shoot it down - it's already in another country by now - assuming you had a missile fast enough.... I'm not aware of anything outside of a Gauss/Rail gun that can offer a solution.
Originally posted by Primary Mover
I watched the programme last Wednesday with the Paxman grilling the MoD official & to his credit he admitted US/UK joint research (the Brits are numero uno stealth wise apparently these day) programs & saying the blanked out pictures & text in the MoD report were because "maybe a new wing shape that people might not be used to". He said in the past the Nighthawk & the Spirit we "possibly" the cause of the 'UFO' sightings in Scotland circa 80s 90s & when Aurora was mentioned he went cold & denied completely that such a craft could ever exist. I laughed quietly to myself when he said the SR71 was retired because of US Satellite capabilty & that in his opinion an "Aurora type craft" would be a waste of money.
$200+ billion black budget monies go a long way Fella, well thats just my opinion.