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2013-11-04 Science & Technology
Exclusive: Skunk Works Reveals SR-71 Successor Plan
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Posted by Uncle Phester 2013-11-04 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6469 views ]  Top

#1 The engine operation diagrams for the SR-71 are amazing. What genius it took to develop that propulsion system!

The SR-72 will also have an amazing system, but it will be presented in general terms for now, understandably.
Posted by Alaska Paul 2013-11-04 00:45||   2013-11-04 00:45|| Front Page Top

#2 Sounds (And looks) like an orbital craft,

We need a surface-to-orbit craft.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-11-04 00:47||   2013-11-04 00:47|| Front Page Top

#3 We need a surface-to-orbit craft.

With a death ray.
Posted by phil_b 2013-11-04 02:55||   2013-11-04 02:55|| Front Page Top

#4 Wasn't that "Aurora"?
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-11-04 04:22||   2013-11-04 04:22|| Front Page Top

#5 the fastest air to air missiles probably can't sustain mach 6 which makes the SR71 pretty impressive

I wonder what materials they use, the stresses must be enormous.
Posted by lord garth 2013-11-04 06:23||   2013-11-04 06:23|| Front Page Top

#6 Logic would suggest something like Aurora exists. The USAF etc., would not go 20 years without some kind of high altitude reconnaissance aircraft even with the optical capabilities of the K-birds.
Posted by Bill Clinton 2013-11-04 08:32||   2013-11-04 08:32|| Front Page Top

#7 It's an amazing aircraft, especially considering the UNIVAC age when it was developed.
Posted by Fred 2013-11-04 16:20||   2013-11-04 16:20|| Front Page Top

#8 Bill, The Air Farce, in it's infinite wisdom, retired the Blackbird and replaced it with satellites. The Blackbird community was too small to be influential and there were far more opportunities for promotions, funding and post military careers in the companies that make satellites. Remember this is the same branch of service that is constantly trying to replace the very effective A-10 with F-16's and F-35's
Posted by Chantry 2013-11-04 18:10||   2013-11-04 18:10|| Front Page Top

#9 I believe the USDOD + DARPA have been testing the "Aurora" over Guam-WESTPAC.

Looked boradly like a meteoric or bolide fireball [ghost = spirit? ball or wisp] but widout any smoke andor fire/spark trails.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-11-04 19:00||   2013-11-04 19:00|| Front Page Top

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