posted on Nov, 18 2014 @ 03:07 AM
a reply to: paranormal78
It definitely did exist, it is likely not to much as put into permanent mothballs as it was too loud, caused potential atmospheric damage - far more
than a rocket as it was constantly in the upper atmosphere and not simply flying in and out of it.
Replaced with far cheaper and quieter stealth drone's and perhaps even more advanced technologys in superior stealth satellite's, even the military
shuttle is superior as it can maintain high altitude on stations (geo synchronous orbit) so except as an interceptor for which it is likely not
designed there is now no really viable function unless it was to project power.
There is one other use, high altitude launch and anti sattelite missile delivery are a potential candidate for the next generation of this aircraft,
it is a true shame that the geniuses behind this must remain in obscurrity.
Or are they the guys behind some of the hypersonic passenger plane concepts where the aircraft would nearly leave the atmosphere flying at such high
altitude and speed then there is the obvious potential of a satellite launch system that is more resusable even than the current x shuttles so the
development will pay dividends for whichever defence contractor holds the relevant patents once they see commercial application.
18-11-2014 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)