Boeing's Hypersonic Strike-Aircraft Can "Buzz Around The World In 1-3 Hours"

Last month, we noted that “hypersonic aircraft and missiles are being developed and tested by the United States, Russia, and China at an accelerating pace.” While the race for hypersonic technologies has certainly flourished among global superpowers, who realize that the first to possess these technologies will not just revolutionize their civilian and military programs, but will also dictate the future path for civilizations on planet earth.

There is a fierce competition between Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works team and the Boeing Company to harness such technologies. Back in January, a Skunk Works Executive hinted that a U.S. hypersonic bomber has “already been made.”

Oddly enough, internet sleuths on Google Earth last month discovered a secret hypersonic aircraft hiding at a mysterious Florida airbase located down the street from President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Undoubtedly, all hypersonic programs are top secret, but appear to be much further along than what is preached in the headlines.

Last week, Boeing dropped more breadcrumbs regarding their hypersonic program, featuring an aircraft with surveillance and strike capabilities. The Russian Times says Boeing proposes to develop the aircraft in the next 10 to 20 years but already faces substantial competition from Lockheed Martin.

RT says in the latest Aviation Week report, the design for Boeing’s hypersonic aircraft, believed to be dubbed “Valkyrie II,” was unveiled at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando, Florida back in January. Even though the hypersonic project has yet to be officially green-lighted, Boeing says the aircraft can fly around the world “in one to three hours” and serve as a multi-purpose aircraft.

“This is one of several concepts and technologies we’re studying for a hypersonic aircraft,” said Kevin Bowcutt, Senior Technical Fellow of hypersonics at Boeing Research & Technology.

“This particular concept is for a military application that would be targeted for an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, or ISR, and strike capabilities,” he added.

In a Facebook Live video on February 01, Bowcutt said the hypersonic craft would be able to cut through the air faster than a bullet fired from a gun.

“It’s two-and-a-half times the speed of a speeding bullet,” Bowcutt told Facebook Live viewers.

“It’s more than twice as fast as the Concorde. So basically you can get anywhere in the world in one hour across the Atlantic, two hours across the Pacific – pretty much anywhere between two points in one-to-three hours,” Bowcutt added.

 

If Boeing’s hypersonic project gets the green-light, it would further heat up the competition between Lockheed Martin, which built the SR-71 and is currently planning to develop a replacement called the SR-72.

Popular Mechanics says both Boeing and Lockheed’s hypersonic aircraft are relatively the same with the idea of ramjet/scramjet technology to make the aircraft fly at Mach 3 to March 5.

Boeing and Lockheed’s designs are very similar, both planning to use a combined-cycle engine that uses a conventional turbojet to accelerate to roughly Mach 3, and then a dual ramjet/scramjet to make the jump to hypersonic speeds. Boeing is working with Orbital ATK to develop an engine, while Lockheed has partnered with Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Below is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) family of Falcon-Hypersonic aircraft that are comparable in shape to Boeings proposed hypersonic aircraft.

If there is one thing that keeps the military–industrial complex from sleeping at night, it is “hypersonic.”

Hypersonic flight is no longer a pipe dream. As we have noted before, “hypersonic aircraft and missiles are being developed and tested by the United States, Russia, and China at an accelerating pace.” The race towards hypersonic technologies is now, and whichever global superpower acquires the technology first, will change the economic and geopolitical playfield across the globe. Let’s just hope the United States is the winner here, otherwise, other countries acquiring the technology first could be splinter the U.S. empire.

Comments

I am Groot Wed, 02/07/2018 - 04:19 Permalink

Yes, but what we really want to know about it is will the seats recline, will there be peanuts served on it, and can you have sex in the bathroom ?

Arnold researchfix Wed, 02/07/2018 - 04:47 Permalink

Lemme do some quick calcs.
It should be able to reach atmosphere escape velocity, after a couple of wind up suborbits.

It must be similar to the Blackbird, that takes off light and hits the tankers early and often.
Unlike the Blackbird, you don't have to drive this one, so recline your seat, sit back , and relax and enjoy blood redistribution...

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Theosebes Goodfellow Arnold Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:43 Permalink

I can certainly see the civilian applications here, but the idea of the military fighter jumping to the other side of the planet to "get into the shit" has one problem. It's going to need fuel over there before it can "jump out of the shit" and get back home. That said, having a ramjet/scramjet tanker is possible, though I would not want to be the guy driving it!

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MK ULTRA Alpha Arnold Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:38 Permalink

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BuddyEffed Arnold Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:59 Permalink

I think a pusher rocket is a distinct possibility to get this thing up to speed.

The circular humped area at the rear could seat a pusher rocket nose.   The space between the tail suggests as such. After the pusher rocket gets the arrowhead up to top speed, the pusher rocket would fall away. 

No mid air refueling would be necessary if a pusher rocket is used.   And a pusher rocket could get an arrowhead shape up to around mach 12 or so and about 15 to 30 miles of altitude and do that in 7 to 10 minutes.  A rapid deployment would make a lot of sense.   After you have that kind of speed, you could coast and slightly vector to get where you want to be.  You might not even need hardly any onboard fuel at all.

Most of the thermal heat source would be left behind with the pusher engine.   Only friction heating would be on the arrowhead.

The arrowhead shape suggest hardly any room for onboard fuel and engine.  In fact, if you get rid of onboard fuel and engine you get much better aerodynamics.

An air inlet and some kind of combusting engine at those speeds would be tricky.  Any thrust needed by the arrowhead could be provided by a small solid booster rocket in the fuselage that wouldn't need air.

If you make it an unmanned one shot use spy drone, you can get rid of landing gear, hydraulics, etc, which further increases the efficiency and reduces the size considerably.   Either digitally transit your data, or eject photo tube for remote pickup by a special recovery team, and splash the arrowhead in some deep water.

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BuddyEffed itstippy Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:33 Permalink

You can pinpoint exactly a line of crossing on a site of interest whereas a satellite isn't going to change it's orbit but a hair for you, if you need that change right now this very minute.   You might be able to drop down the arrowhead altitude to 8 or 10 miles high and still have Mach 6 going, which is plenty of speed to carry you far away and out of country.  Better pictures at that lower altitude than what the satellites will give.  Plus you get some 3d data due to the travel between pictures and some software to process, especially if you curve the path a little.   Yes, this is not a great payload option, most likely recon.  Going so fast it might not be noticed, and no way a SAM could catch up.

Any radar data (small effective cross section) looks more like a meteor at those altitudes and speeds, than any kind of vehicle.  And meteors heat up so any friction heating is easily explained as meteor.  The arrowhead shape is good stealth in ways too.  Edge on, it's like a very thin line in the sky, with not much surface area to catch radar beam.

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BuddyEffed Galieo Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:38 Permalink

Push from out over the ocean near country of interest.   Detonate pusher after separation so it falls in ocean.  Steer arrowhead as needed after separation.   Often you could be straight online with desired target, separate 200 miles off coast.   Disintegrate the pusher and it's pieces will brake quickly and fall within 100 miles.

Found this old pusher rocket idea :

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1956-Pusher-rocket-photo-Phillips-66-vintage-p…

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mkkby BuddyEffed Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:14 Permalink

What a dumb shit comment.  There is no use for hypersonic planes at all.  A one shot drone is called a missile.

If it's a plane with maneuvering/re-use capability, then it must be refueled after very short distances.  In a war, no need to attack the plane.  Attack the refueling planes and you effectively ground them.

A much better attack vehicle already exists.  It is called a cruise missile and it is 80s tech.  Still impossible to stop.

A much better spy vehicle already exists.  It's called a satellite and there are plenty in service already.

Hypersonic planes will have to be attacked with lasers.  Air to air missiles won't work.  But again -- the easy attack point is the refueling vehicle.  A big slow turkey in the sky.

Russia will win this new cold war because not going bankrupt feeding the MIC is a winning strategy.  80s tech is still unstoppable.

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richsob Nexus789 Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:52 Permalink

BS  The U.S. is way ahead with its technology.  What everyone wants to believe on this website is the Russians and Chinese have suddenly jumped ahead of the Americans by huge leaps and bounds with scientists that have always relied on stolen technology from the West.  Right now the U.S. is still ahead in military technology.  Will it stay that way?  Nobody knows.  But wishful thinking and hating the U.S. doesn't change anything.

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JohninMK richsob Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:01 Permalink

When that Florida photo figured in a thread here a few weeks back it was pointed out that that was nothing to do with advanced aircraft, that object is a radar emission test bed for the F-135 engine that goes into the F-35 fighter.

It is on a site where the noise will not bother anyone, just down the road from the engine plant.

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BrownCoat el-greco Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:38 Permalink

@ el-greco,

I up-voted richsob because his comment makes more sense than yours.

Who invented the nuclear bomb? The US.
Who invented the nuclear powered electric generating facility? The US.
Who gave guidance tech to the Chinese to make their Long March rockets work? The US.

Russia and China have consistently taken tech from the US. The KGB actually stole the formula for lipstick because the re-engineers in the Soviet Union could not make it work.

Bottom line: history is on richsob's side. Your comment is exactly what you accused him of; wishful thinking.

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land_of_the_few BrownCoat Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:01 Permalink

The KGB were security police, what makes you think they were into lipstick? Unless you think they were all like Edgar J Hoover.

Plus

"and in June 1954 the world's first nuclear powered electricity generator began operation at the FEI in Obninsk. "

http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/current-and-future-gen…

And, at least the Chinese can actually launch people into space..unlike some other nations

"China launches two astronauts to stay on its new space station"

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2109144-china-launches-two-astrona…

 

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richsob el-greco Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:27 Permalink

One of our best friends is right in the middle of a lot of the technology the U.S. military is developing for space.  He obviously can't say much about any of it but it's obvious from the little he can talk about that there are things being worked on that are waaaay ahead of anything we've seen publicly to date.  I asked him one time if we at least have some things that could be a nasty surprise for an enemy if they ever needed to be used.  He said "There's only one way to find out".  I've known that guy for 30 years.  Just that look on his face told me a lot.

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I am Groot Nexus789 Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:43 Permalink

Why do you think we have been ahead and will continue to be ahead of everyone? One simple answer- because we actually pay our scientists here. Most of Russia's scientists defected to other countries just to get paid so they could eat and feed their families It was notorious that even guards at Chernobyl and other sites would sell off plutonium so that they wouldn't starve. Many times their paychecks were delayed or not paid at all.

Almost all high tech is stolen from the US. Very little is developed in Russia. Russia has mastered low tech that is incredibly reliable. But they have made incredible advances in electronic warfare. And China steals everything from everyone. They are nothing but a country of slanty-eyed thieves.

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Koba the Dread BennyBoy Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:23 Permalink

The oracle speaks! It's amazing what an aerial photo of a paper-mache mock-up and some glossy drawings from the Marvel Comics Group will do for one's oracular powers.

If these fantasy craft get any faster, the jet burn from the engines will burn the pilot in the cockpit. The cockpit will just be arriving from an around the world flight as the jet blast blows out the rear.

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peopledontwanttruth BennyBoy Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:55 Permalink

It won't be who has hypersonic weapons that will splinter the USA empire but who takes the lead in destroying the dollar.  

This is another ploy to write more checks to the MIC.   These weapons are useless when sizing up nuclear arsenals already in place.  

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halcyon I am Groot Wed, 02/07/2018 - 05:34 Permalink

So, after 50 years (1967) it is c. 50% faster than Lockheed SR-71A.

Now that's progress! Way to go Boeing! You really showed your engineering prowess!

How many trillions of dollars did it cost to get that magnificent speed boost? In 50 years....

Must have really been worth it...

All paid for by your average tax dollar providing wage-slaves.

Fuck you very much.

 

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