Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Manned or unmanned, that is the question?
1. "China claims to have successfully tested its first hypersonic aircraft"
Courtesy Freeper and the original story from CNN.
"The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), based in Beijing and part of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, conducted the first test of the 'Starry Sky-2' aircraft last Friday."
DESCRIBED AS A HYPERSONIC AIRCRAFT! NOT MERELY A ROCKET OR A MISSILE!
"According to a CAAA statement released Monday, the Starry Sky-2 reached a top speed of Mach 6 -- six times the speed of sound, or 4,563 miles (7,344 kilometers) per hour."
2. "China Just Tested a Hypersonic Weapon That Could Launch Nukes at 6 Times the Speed of Sound"
"China successfully tested a hypersonic aircraft on Friday (Aug. 3), one that could one day be capable of firing nuclear missiles around the planet at up to six times the speed of sound, according to China's state-run news site China Daily."
Starry Sky-2 is the Chinese analog to the Russian Avangard? NOT a manned vehicle but an unmanned hypersonic reentry vehicle able to deliver atomic weapons in a manner unstoppable and without resorting to decoys?
Hypersonic was for a long time pie-in-the-sky but now appears to be all the rage. I want one too!!
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