Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Son of the Blackswift

Wired Danger Room reports on the possible revival of the Blackswift (or son-of-Blackswift) Mach 6 satellite launcher/spy plane/bomber/flying laboratory.  I didn't know it existed, much less was canceled. 

Take-off from a runway on jet power, rocket to Mach 6, cruise around on a scramjet, and land on a runway -   The Blackswift  program proposed to merge jet, rocket and scramjet modes into a “combined-cycle” engine.  Sounds good.  All it needs is money...and new technology.