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Saturday, April 20, 2019

China's China Central Television has briefly revealed the country's new hypersonic aircraft under development. According to the report, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is currently working on a hypersonic vehicle, which is capable of traveling on the speeds of about 5-20 mach for about 5 hours. China's aggressive push into hypersonic technology began in early 2018, when Chinese researchers first revealed a novel design for an ultra-fast plane they say will be able to take dozens of people and tonnes of cargo – "anything from flowers to bombs, and likewise, passengers could be tourists or military special forces" – from Beijing to New York in about two hours.

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The plane would travel around 6,000km/h (3,700mph) or about five times faster than the speed of sound, according to the team, which is also "involved in China's top-secret hypersonic weapons programme," according to the South China Morning Post. Today's current journey from Beijing to New York depending on the jet stream is roughly 13 to 14 hours. An 80% reduction in travel time is a game changer for civilian aviation, but also a red flag if the aircraft is converted into a hypersonic heavy bomber.

The team said they had tested a scaled-down prototype of the hypersonic plane in a wind tunnel at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. Researchers carried out aerodynamics evaluations on the aircraft pushing it to 8,600km/h (5343 mph) and discovered it performed exceptionally well, with low drag and high lift.

At the start of 2018, US Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the military's Pacific Command, warned lawmakers that, "China's hypersonic weapons development outpaces ours ... we're falling behind. We need to continue to pursue that and in a most aggressive way to ensure that we have the capabilities to both defend against China's hypersonic weapons and to develop our own offensive hypersonic weapons."

And so, for the first time since World War II, as a radical, game-changing new military technology arrives, it is not the US that is at the forefront.
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We need to continue to pursue that and in a most aggressive way to ensure that we have the capabilities to both defend against China's hypersonic weapons and to develop our own offensive hypersonic weapons

White Monkey pipe dream....

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-20 04:57 AM | Reply

What will they reveal next? Teleporters? Warp drive? Cloaking devices? The world waits breathlessly for the next installment of Propaganda Trek...

#2 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-04-20 07:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 6

A reporter asked some Chinese people "What drives you? What makes you proud?"

They said, "Other cultures want to make life easy. Some others want to be rich. Some others want to have the most powerful military. But China? We want to make stuff. The biggest. The fastest. The shiniest. We make things. That makes us proud."

Let me tell you what the Chinese find the hardest to understand.

French fries.

When I was little and we used to go out to eat, I lived on Chips (French Fries as they are known in the rest of the Universe). I still love chips.

Went to the best Chinese restuarant in town and asked for chips.

Whassat???

Chips. Made from potatoes....

Oh we don't do potatoes....

Bloody hell, I thought and raised a fuss. So they ordered a burger and fries from outside and everyone else ordered the Chinese stuff. It was a bit embarrassing but I didn't care.

Point is, NOW they all have chips. But originally they found chips a mystery. I will bet even today in rural China, if they see a potato they won't have a clue.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-20 08:29 AM | Reply

All good until it dissembles mid-air.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-04-20 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And how do we know if it even flies?

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-21 03:47 PM | Reply

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