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reply to post by reject
Don't put too much into the pictures. The descriptions I've heard don't match to the drawings released. As for size, it's fairly large from what I hear, but I don't have exact dimensions.
reply to post by gariac
Is it can be possible that the plane in the new Groom hangar is a big project that the three company are working on it together?
There is great chance that Boeing, Lockheed and Northrop have the same similary projects and finaly works together, in the futur projects instead of competing.
reply to post by the2ofusr1
Our government from the top is good at flying our top secret technology to other countries (Iran) so they can catch them on purpose.
No grounds for impeachment either.
Closest to the theme seemed to be by Northrop Grumman, which has worked on a flexible Conformal radar antenna under the LOBSTAR (Low-Band Structural Array). This should form a sort of flat panel (with the possibility of shaping into the airfoil), the radar waves to rely solely on its leading edge open. The fact that it was a low-frequency system, it was possible the actual radar beam quite easily be directed to the sides and cover so large an area of land and airborne targets. Similarly, incorporation of electronics into a sandwich composite allowed to use the antenna itself as a leaf surface and thus save a substantial part of the parasitic weight. Although the first draft quite logically based on the formulation developed by the RQ-4 Global Hawk, will soon have also been developed process to the final version of the flying wing.
Northrop Grumman SensorCraft ISR intelligence reconnaissance surveillance UAV AFRL unmanned aerial vehicle platform airplane stealthy high aspect ratio flying wing
The resulting design with a wingspan of 62.5 meters and a maximum take-off weight at 57 tons is quite similar to the initial study bomber B-2, but with a shorter length. Is driven by two engines, which allow the life in the air for up to two days without refueling in the operating height of 18 km. Due to the large margin must in this case totally flexible wing, while in the outer parts to be placed too high frequency radar to detect airborne targets at long distances. Conformal X-band radar for serving primarily the accurate detection of targets located closer to the fuselage on the leading and trailing edge. Considerable bending wings and thus substantially changed the entire shape of the radar antenna must be compensated by software very powerful computer with a capacity of the order of TeraFLOPS. As part of the award of contracts built by Northrop Grumman and a scale model of the wings and the central part of the fuselage for the total bending tests and structural integrity.
reply to post by Sammamishman
Rumor is that something will be at Edwards sometime next year, which if it is for one of the upcoming competitions, means that chances are we'll see the competing entry come out as well.