posted on Jan, 11 2003 @ 06:06 AM
The HyperSoar is a B-52 sized hypersonic bomber/recon aircraft concept under investigation by US DoE's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and
University of Maryland. If developed, it would have the capability to take-off from the US and deliver its goods anywhere in the world in a couple of
hours without refueling. It's speed(Mach 10) and altitude will make it near impossible to track it, much less bring it down. It's chief designer is
Hypersoar will fly only at 'the edge of space' - 60 km - however, it needs technology that will more than just distinguish it from 'conventional'
From : Link
As a part of a scientific-investigative program "Eagle" ordered by Russian Space Agency, investigations are being held in various design bureau on a
possible development of a reusable single-stage space vehicle.
From 1993 till 1996 works on the "Eagle" program were done at OKB Zhukovsky, OKB Keldysh, and OKB Baranov etc. Statistics show that fully reusable
single- or double-stage carrier fitted with various engines would be 30% lighter and much more cost-efficient as compared to "Space Shuttle" or the
"Energy-Buran" system. Maximum cargo-capacity of the vehicle would be about 10-20 tones.
Among presented projects of a single-stage space-crafts were Tu-2000, Mig-2000, and modification of the "Neva" apparatus. Western analogue is NASP
Mig-2000 ( The Mig2000 is NOT the Mig I-2000 ! ) is a reusable space-vehicle with 300t take-off weight and 9t payload is capable of delivering loads
to the 200km orbit at 51† inclination. The sled would accelerate the space-craft to M=0.8 and then air-breathing propulsion with subsonic combustion
would accelerate it to M=5. Propellants wer slush hydrogen and liquid oxygen. The vehicle would have 3000km re-entry cross-range.
Final favor was given to the Tu-2000 project.
From : Link
TU-2000 Pic ( X-Large )
Mig-2000 Pic ( X-large )
[Edited on 11-1-2003 by ultra_phoenix]