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This is the amazing Lockheed Martin SR-72—the space Blackbird

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posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 10:50 AM
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Things will get really interesting soon. Boeing will bring something out soon enough I'm sure.




posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:07 AM
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In Theory, If this new Sr 72 dropped a Bomb...how far away from the target could it be before detonation...let's say the Bomb in question is a Nuke and it's fitted with a chute...could the SR 72 release and land before the Bomb goes off..??



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:09 AM
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No, but it would be well clear or the area before it was even halfway down.



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:13 AM
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Would they even be able to release munitions at M6?



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:15 AM
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Yes. You could deploy a screen system to shield the weapon from the initial slipstream impact, and give it long enough to get out of the turbulent airflow around the aircraft. It wouldn't be easy to do, but it's been done in the past.



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:19 AM
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I'd image the lead time to target would be horrendous for a gravity munition release.



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:20 AM
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Oh, absolutely. But the ER range for a JDAM or JASSM would be absolutely insane.



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:30 AM
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Zaphod58
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No, but it would be well clear or the area before it was even halfway down.

What's it's ceiling..?



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:32 AM
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100,000+ feet. Probably close to 115,000 or even higher.



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:35 AM
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I would think that alone would be worth the R&D on this project. Being able to deliver conventional munitions on target deep inside enemy territory from outside or just inside enemy airspace. By the time the enemy know or saw what was going on, the SR-72 could maneuver away from enemy controlled airspace.



posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:38 AM
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Oh yeah, that's huge right there. You could target something and hit it without having to go anywhere near defenses. Twelve Mile Limit? What's that?
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posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 11:39 AM
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With no pilot and the need for life support systems the ceiling is only limited to the engines ability to breath and/or accelerate short of orbital altitude.



posted on Dec, 18 2013 @ 09:31 PM
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sorry guy i've been out awhile so what are we discussing now which aircraft or part of and aircraft are we debating about now?



posted on Dec, 22 2013 @ 12:30 PM
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G,day mate. I'm with you on this one. 3pm/1500HRS wednesday prior to Christmas last year i was sitting under the back verandah having a beer and looking out into a clear blue sky and a shadow went across the back yard.
i jumped up stepped out onto the lawn searching the sky for a massive mob of either galahs or corellas but stopped that thought line as there was no sound and those birds fill the sky with both a massive splash of colour and ear splitting sound plus i have never caught their shadow.
i quartered the sky and saw a trail of what from my angle was a cross between smoke rings and a cork screw effect smoke/contrail in the sky in the direction of Adelaide the state capitol. WOW i thought.
mates wife was hanging out the washing at the same time and saw the same. this was confirmation for me that i was neither 3 parts cut (drunk) nor was i going troppo.
her remark was that at first she thought it to be the shadow of a mob of racing pigeons, but quickly cast the thought aside as impossible and was left thinking she had just imagined the whole event.



posted on Dec, 24 2013 @ 01:34 PM
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Zaphod58
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Oh yeah, that's huge right there. You could target something and hit it without having to go anywhere near defenses. Twelve Mile Limit? What's that?
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Yes, but wouldn't an adversary with sufficient capability to be worth using this also have good enough SAM or AA capability to shoot down the non-stealthy, non-hypersonic munition?



posted on Dec, 26 2013 @ 10:55 AM
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I would think that it would come down to the adversary's reaction time to intercept the SR-72 before it released its munitions at the very edge of their effective defense shields. Once it was detected at the outskirts of the adversary's AA defenses it is too late, the SR-72 has already released its weapon payload (at 100k+ altitude), that would carry most of the SR-72's hypersonic momentum to target and the SR-72 was already out bound from the target.



posted on Dec, 26 2013 @ 11:15 AM
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I haven't had to do any physics calculations for at least18 years, so if anyone on this forum is familier with the calculations required to calculate the distance from a target an aircraft traveling at 4500mph, at 110K altitude would be when releasing a gravity bomb, not compensating for air resistance?



posted on Dec, 26 2013 @ 05:55 PM
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I would think that it would come down to the adversary's reaction time to intercept the SR-72 before it released its munitions at the very edge of their effective defense shields. Once it was detected at the outskirts of the adversary's AA defenses it is too late, the SR-72 has already released its weapon payload (at 100k+ altitude), that would carry most of the SR-72's hypersonic momentum to target and the SR-72 was already out bound from the target.


I meant the SAM and AA capabilities attacking the non-hypersonic, non-stealth munitions & missiles, not the SR-72 which would be very hard to get.

It wouldn't necessarily be "too late" and attacking a cruise missile might not be such a bad idea.


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posted on Dec, 26 2013 @ 06:54 PM
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Hmmm...not sure. I suppose if an adversary's AA capabilities were advanced enough they could hit munitions (GPS/dumb bombs) coming at them (hitting a bullet with a bullet so to speak) but I would think that LM would need to develop new types of munitions that could handle being deployed at hypersonic speeds and be able to maintain a fair amount of that momentum traveling to the target.
A normal JDAM would also have a very small RCS and the in service AGM-158 JASSM and the LRASM will be stealthy by nature and hard to detect as long as they could be deployed at hypersonic speeds.
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posted on Mar, 24 2014 @ 01:00 PM
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Just a little tease to throw out there. There are....a small number of aircraft flying (operationally from what I hear) that require a KC-135T to refuel from. An applause to the first person to tell me why this is interesting.



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