DARPA Falcon, The HTV-3X ? Blackswift 2009


[edit] FALCON
The FALCON program is a program supported by DARPA and the US Air Force to develop and test hypersonic technologies. The program is to follow a set of flight tests with a series of hypersonic technology vehicles.[5]

The FALCON project includes:

The X-41 Common Aero Vehicle (CAV) ? a common aerial platform for hypersonic ICBMs and cruise missiles, as well as civilian RLVs and ELVs.
The Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-1 (HTV-1) ? a test concept, originally planned to fly in September 2007 now cancelled[1]
The HTV-2 ? to fly in 2008
The HTV-3 ? to fly in 2009
The HTV-3X ? Blackswift
The Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) ? a smaller engine to power CAVs, tests to begin by 2010
The Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle (HCV) will be able to fly 9,000 nautical miles (17,000 km) in 2 hours with a payload of 12,000 lb (5,500 kg).[6] It is to fly at a high altitudes and achieve speeds of up to Mach 6.

Test flights are supported by NASA, the Space and Missile Systems Center, Lockheed Martin, Sandia National Laboratories and the Air Force Research Laboratory?s (AFRL) Air Vehicles and Space Vehicles Directorates.

[edit] Blackswift
The Blackswift is an aircraft capable of supersonic flight being designed by the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works now, together with Boeing and ATK
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_Application_and_Launch_from_Continental_United_States#The_BlackswiftAs of early 2006, the the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle program planned an initial flight for a less than one-hour flight in September 2007 [later delayed]. The Falcon HTV-1 was to complete its inaugural voyage in the Pacific Ocean. Attaining Mach 19 speed, the glided air vehicle will briefly exit the Earth's atmosphere and reenter flying between 19 and 28 miles above the planet's surface. Demonstrating hypersonic glide technology and setting the stage for HTV-2 represent the primary focus of the lower risk, lower performance initial flight. During the early part of the flight, it acts like a spacecraft. In the middle phase, the HTV reenters the atmosphere like the Space Shuttle, and in the latter stage, it flies like an aircraft
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