New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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The US and China are developing supersonic submarines

The US and China are developing supersonic submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s military powers are pushing the boundaries of speed – underwater.   Water is a thousand times more dense than air and as any of you who swim will know this difference in density creates a huge amount of drag. But for submarines the problem is...

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New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

Experts around the world agree that we could be entering an era of Cold War 2.0, and that’s bad news Foreign states such as China and Russia are developing high-speed, highly manoeuvrable weapons and drones and the Pentagon and US Pacific Command want weapons to counter them said Doug Graham, Vice President of Missile Systems and Advanced Programs for...

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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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