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Originally posted by sovietman
I just have one question about the picture on this link: www.rense.com... . is it fake?? or is it real?? i've seen it on a few sites but can't really find any evidence that it's not fake... anyone know??
Originally posted by Aziroth
That is not the MANTA, the x44 was being serviced at a base I was working at near Qatar in 96. The MANTA is a rounded teardrop plane, nothing like these triangles people come up with. It uses the pulse drive for movement, which if anyone wants to know how it works U2U me. But I can tell you the x44 is quite the prodigy of the human mind, no 'alien' technology used.
X-44 MANTA Multi-Axis No-Tail Aircraft
The X-44 designation is said to be reserved for possible NASA full-scale manned tailless flight control demonstrator. The X-44A has been referred to as the MANTA, or Multi-Axis No-Tail Aircraft. A conceptual drawing of an X-44 is said to resemble a tailless F-22, and is said to be based on an F-22 airframe, engines and systems. The X-44A thrust-vectoring test aircraft would have pitch/yaw vectoring nozzles and would not only be tailless but would have no moveable aerodynamic surfaces.
The X-44 MANTA is a converted delta-winged F-22 which uses vectored thrust as its sole means of control. The plan is to convert an F-22 so that it uses its thrust vectoring nozzles for its flight control, without rudders, stabilitors, or ailerons. MANTA could be used to validate the planform for the FB-22. MANTA flights could begin by 2006.
Thrust vectoring -- the ability to turn the jet exhaust -- allows an aircraft to create forces with its motors similar to the forces created by aerodynamic surfaces such as flaps, rudders & stabilators. The result would be a structurally simple, light airframe, with increased fuel volume and fewer gaps to cause stealth problems. An X-44A feasibility study is in progress, with a team including AFRL, NASA, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney.
The X-44A is unlikely to fly before 2007, though the F-22 program will retire the first and second flying prototypes in 2001-02.
Originally posted by prevenge
in the TR-3A and B what's the T and R stand for?
Originally posted by Aziroth
The reason for the pulse drive has to do with the material the plane is made of to begin with, the material is classified but I can tell you its classified name "Fogbank". The problem is the engineers who created Fogbank have recently retired, the reason they will never go into full swing with the x-44 / tr-3 is because no one knows how to build the stuff anymore. It was the major ingredient for the control package for w-88, they figure the last effort to get these planes in production is to get these missile designers to recreate the fogbank material and if that works then we will have full production x-44s and tr-3s.
FOGBANK is a code name given to a material used in nuclear weapons such as the W76, W78 and W80.
FOGBANK's precise nature is classified; in the words of former Oak Ridge general manager Dennis Ruddy, "The material is classified. Its composition is classified. Its use in the weapon is classified, and the process itself is classified." Department of Energy Nuclear Explosive Safety documents simply describe it as a material "used in nuclear weapons and nuclear explosives" along with Lithium hydride (LiH) and Lithium deuteride (LiD), Beryllium (Be), Uranium hydride (UH3), and Plutonium hydride. Many arms experts believe that FOGBANK is an aerogel material which acts as an interstage material in a nuclear warhead, i.e. a material designed to become a superheated plasma following the detonation of the weapon's fission stage, the plasma then triggering the fusion-stage detonation.