Is It The Key to Hypersonic Air Travel?

sodramjet engine

Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Mechanics/Handout

  • An adapted scramjet called a “sodramjet” could reach Mach 16 flight by leveraging sonic booms.
  • The experimental engine is Chinese, but based on American ideas dating back 40 years or more.
  • Turning sonic booms into combustion addresses a key, “fatal” flaw in scramjet designs.

    A Chinese-made “sodramjet” engine has reached nine times the speed of sound in a wind tunnel test. The engine could power an aircraft to reach anywhere in the world within two hours, the makers say.

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    Scientists say the sodramjet (short for “standing oblique detonation ramjet engine”) could be the first real hope for hypersonic flight—many times the speed of sound, and something that would bring both global travel and space travel much closer to home.

    “With reusable trans-atmospheric planes, we can

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    Navy destroyers might kill hypersonic missile attacks

    Having a Navy destroyer able to take out ICBMs is a development that radically impacts strategic and tactical dynamics associated with missile defense in a way that multiplies defenses in unprecedented ways.

    The mid-course phase of flight during which an ICBM travels through space toward its descent back into the earth’s atmosphere is typically a 20-minute process depending upon launch origin and trajectory. Therefore, it is of course much longer than any boost phase ascent or terminal phase descent onto a target, offering the best and most advantageous opportunity for defensive intercept.

    So, given the possibility of an attacking salvo, or

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    Hypersonic Weapons Are the Future – And the Department of Defense Wants Them Now

    Here’s What You Need To Remember: The exact timetable on the weapons’ arrival is unknown. What is clear is that the Pentagon has prioritized their development, throwing resources at getting them out as quickly as possible.

    The Pentagon wants to build hypersonic weapons quickly and in large numbers.

    Senior Department of Defense weapons developers made it clear that the U.S. military services do not just seek to prototype hypersonic weapons, but that they want very large numbers of them battlefield-ready.

    This dual-pronged goal explains the rationale for the Pentagon move to stand up a new University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics designed to streamline testing, research, innovation, weapons development and acquisition into a sharp, laser-focused, high-speed operation. Run by Texas A&M, the consortium is moving quickly to award up to $20 million in funding for as many as twenty-six project solicitations, Dr. Gillian Bussey, Director of the Joint Hypersonics Transition Office,

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    To gain an edge on hypersonic weapons, the Pentagon wants more help from universities

    WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon races to develop hypersonic weapons, it is turning to universities for help on speeding up the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the field.

    The Defense Department on Oct. 26 tapped Texas A&M University to create and manage a University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics. Over a five-year period, the department will pay out $20 million per year to the university’s Engineering Experiment Station, it said in a statement.

    Greater interplay among government, academia and industry is needed to better integrate the various state-of-the art technologies necessary to create hypersonic weapons, which require novel propulsion systems and advanced materials that can withstand the extreme conditions intrinsic to flying five times the speed of sound, said Gillian Bussey, director of the Pentagon’s Joint Hypersonics Transition Office.

    “The department is funding a good amount of basic research in hypersonics,” she said. “But we’re finding that tests leading

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