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Originally posted by Lampyridae
I think they're talking about simulating correct temperatures, ionisation effects and so on that occur at Mach 10+ in a wind tunnel. I wouldn't read anything into it. If you could post the whole article then we could be of more help.
Originally posted by intelgurl
Hypersonics is definitely coming out of the black world.
The X-43 is the slowly developing project that DoD shows off for public consumption, but many believe hypersonics has been with us since the mid to late 1980's (referring to the controversial and officially denied "Aurora" SR-71 replacement)
Just recently a new hypersonic cruise missile has been unveiled...
If what you see unveiled in the public sector is 10 or more years behind DARPA's black projects, then there must be some incredible things going on in those bases out west...
[Edited on 2-11-2003 by intelgurl]