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Originally posted by intelgurl
One could theorize that the plasma generated around a hypersonic vehicle would in itself reduce the RCS.
The issue then of course is the massive IR footprint -
Originally posted by Dan Tanna
This 1989 patent looks at hypersonic airframe IR reduction too -
Hypersonic IR reduction patent
NASA hypersonic aircraft design
This above is a NASA Pdf and shows some ideas of skin cooling.
ill be back... with more on hypersonic IR reduction - i need to access another hard drive.
Originally posted by kilcoo316
But then your flying with no offboard sensors or external communications... I think.
If thats the case wasn't the F-117 a waste of time then
Originally posted by firepilot
Rounded surfaces help. Its straight lines and 90 degree angles that contribute to higher RCS