posted on Mar, 27 2004 @ 05:33 PM
I think we NEED that tech.
1) it will make wings lighter, smoother, robuster
that all means more fuel, longer range...and what about
the nozzle they mentioned?
2) Maybe an extarnel tank could deform while beeng drained until it is a simple metal plate and does not slow the plane any more.
3) The plane may even be able to sustain more damage - imagine how the wing or other parts of the plane will restore their normal form after a rocket
4) The jump from a conventional turbojet to a ramjet will just require inly a deformation of the blades of the compressor and the turbine so they
don't stay in the way of the airflow...........I can think of hundrets of applications.
If you ask me we need that technology as soon as possible
I just can't wait to see it in mass production
PS: thanks for the info I was really beginning to ask myself if those projects haven't been scraped