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The American military is planning a “spaceplane” designed to fly a crack squad of heavily armed marines to trouble spots anywhere in the world within four hours. At a recent secret meeting at the Pentagon, engineers working on the craft, codenamed Hot Eagle, were told to draw up blueprints for a prototype which generals want to have in the air within 11 years.
Pentagon planners have been encouraged by technical breakthroughs from Burt Rutan, chief designer on Sir Richard Branson’s White Knight spaceship, which is due to begin test flights next year and to carry tourists on suborbital journeys from 2010.
Originally posted by WatchNLearn
This seems odd given that NASA has already built the X-43A. n Why would the military want something within 11 years?? This story really smells fishy to me.
SUSTAIN is a concept first proposed in 2002 by the United States Marine Corps to deploy Marines via spaceflight to any location on Earth. Project Hot Eagle, launched by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force Research Laboratory, is an investigation into the development and use of suborbital spacecraft to fulfill this vision. Hot Eagle would use a craft based on a design similar to Space Ship One, which could launch a squad on a suborbital trajectory in two stages and deliver them anywhere on two hours notice.
Originally posted by aecreate
Worth looking at-
DARPA's Top 10 wicked cool high-tech aviation systems (4/08/08)
I believe DARPA is working on two HCV's-
Blackswift - A reusable Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, strike or other national need missions.
Originally posted by star in a jar
Doesn't the Pentagon ALREADY have this technology?
Why do they think we are so dumb to believe they don't?
11 years? more like 11 days.
Originally posted by Zepherian
I'm pretty sure the US has a base within 4 hours of any place on the Globe already.