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Originally posted by lalawillis
reply to post by Frira
is this how I share my pictures with you?
Originally posted by Angry Danish
reply to post by Maxmars
The SR-71 only hits mach 3 and the stresses that endures are unimaginable as it is. 1000 degree F temps from friction. What's it going to be at mach 20?
My thoughts go to practical application for this new craft. If we have to launch a missile to launch the craft - WTF is the point? Fly 6000 miles to snap a few pics somewhere around the world? With prep time, cost, risk, etc. you'd think they'd just wait for some satellites to come around.
I can't see a reason other than "hey, look what we can do, neener neener! ".
A superfast unmanned military plane traveled at 20 times the speed of sound and managed to control itself for three minutes before crashing into the Pacific Ocean in a recent test, military officials said.