posted on Nov, 16 2013 @ 01:04 PM
reply to post by Zaphod58
I'm not convinced that the new (circa 2007) big hangar at Groom is being used by Lockheed Martin. There is some (albeit tenuous) circumstantial
evidence that it was used by Northrop Grumman, a company that has been reportedly working on a classified ISR platform and possibly a new bomber. The
hangar has been there about five years now, and there are preparations underway for a "new" program moving into South Base at Edwards, which will
require enhanced security similar to that associated with the B-2 test operations at South Base in the early 1990s. South base is home to the Global
Power Combined Test Force (bombers and ISR), so these preparations have the flavor of something "black" moving into the "gray" world.
The SR-72 is a cool concept but it sounds like it is still a long way from producing a flyable demonstrator. I recently spoke with someone who has
been with the Skunk Works a long time, and asked if the SR-72 would ever be more than just a "paper airplane." He felt confident that the design
goals were achievable but admitted that there are still significant hurdles with regard to the propulsion system. The company is trying to leverage
lessons learned from the HTV/FALCON program that produced a lot of good data on materials, propulsion, and technology maturation. Ultimately, I expect
funding to be a greater obstacle than technological challenges. I'm not holding my breath waiting to see it fly.