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Hypersonic Developments

Discussion in 'Missiles & WMDs' started by John Fedup, Feb 17, 2017.

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    Quick question: Anyone got some news on the current state of SHEFEX-III, i.e. the next German hypersonic glide experiment?

    Last I heard - from Brazilian sources - was that the flight was postponed to 2019, with the implied suggestion that the reason for the postponing was the unavailability of the VLM-1 launcher. SHEFEX, while notionally a civilian experiment (and a development path towards a orbiter), bears close similarity to military projects of other countries, with the last test flight including a Mach 10-11 glide over 800 km distance to a preprogrammed target point. SHEFEX-III is supposed to go to Mach 17 with a crossrange of a few thousand km.
     
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    A few years ago a Queensland University (I think), had produced a hypersonic rocket, and the good old USA offered to help the University out. I have never heard anything further re the rockets development. Has anyone else?
     
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    Well it is good to see development is still ongoing. I wonder if its first use will be defence related, or civil commercial.
     
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    Hard to tell, 2 years ago would have said commercial as that industry has been kicking massive goals and pushing the boundaries far beyond what government was willing to do in the time frame (Thanks SpaceX and others) however with 2 nut jobs in charge of America and North Korea and not much better people running China and Russia military may end up rushing such a thing into service. I imagine if they spot some one fueling a rocket being able to strike it before launch (depending on rocket type and launch time) would be very sought after capability.

    At present I'd say 50/50 but leaning closer to military.
     
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    Would aerospace have ever gotten off the ground without the military tit to feed off?