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      Lockheed may have completed a prototype hypersonic SR72

      Lockheed may have completed a prototype hypersonic SR72

      Jack O’Banion, Vice President of Strategy and Customer Requirements, Advanced Development Programs for Lockheed Martin, at a presentation said that the SR72 could not have been made without digital transformation. This seems to indicate that a hypersonic vehicle has been built.

      The SR72 is a mach 6+ hypersonic precision bomber that can also act as a spyplane.

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      Jack O’Bannion, VP of Strategy at Skunk Works, is speaking today at SciTech conference. He showed a slide of the SR-72 and said: “Without digital transformation that aircraft you see there could not have been made.” Soooo … does that mean that aircraft was made?

      1:11 PM – Jan 8, 2018

      SpaceX apparently lost the classified Zuma payload from latest launch

      SpaceX’s latest rocket may have launched successfully – but the mission didn’t end as a win. The Zuma payload it was carrying, a mysterious classified piece of cargo for the U.S. government believed to be a spy satellite, was lost after it failed to separate from the second stage of the rocket after the first stage of the Falcon 9 separated as planned and returned to Earth.

      The WSJ reports, and we’ve confirmed separately, that the payload is thought to have fallen back through the Earth’s atmosphere after reaching space, because of the failure to separate. The failure is one that can happen when cargo doesn’t properly detach as planned, since the second stage is designed to fall back to Earth and burn up in re-entry.

      SpaceX had launched as planned on January 7 in its target window, and recovered the first stage of the booster with a landing at its Cape Canaveral facility. Because of the nature of the mission, coverage and information regarding the progress of the rocket and its payload from then on was not disclosed.

      The payload, codenamed Zuma, was contracted for launch by Northrop Grumman by the U.S. government, and Northrop selected SpaceX as the launch provider. SpaceX had previously launched the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B spacecraft, and was approved for flying U.S. government payloads with national security missions.

      The satellite was likely worth billions, according to the WSJ, which makes this the second billion-dollar plus payload that SpaceX has lost in just over two years; the last wasFacebook’s internet satellite, which was destroyed when the Falcon 9 it was supposed to launch on exploded during preflight preparations in September 2016.

      This could be a significant setback for SpaceX, since these kinds of contracts can be especially lucrative, and it faces fierce competition from existing launch provider ULA, jointly operated by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

      We’ve reached out to SpaceX and will update if they provide additional comment.

      Update – SpaceX provided the following statement regarding the mission, which could suggest the fault lies with something provided by launch partner Northrop Grumman or the payload itself:

      ”“We do not comment on missions of this nature; but as of right now reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally.“

      This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.


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      THAT kind of technology is kinda cool, but, it is a long way out, and it doesn’t exist in reality today.

      But, THIS kind of technology does exist, it is real, it is flying, and you can buy one.

      exotic upholstery, exquisite hardwood interiors, wi-fi, coffee pots, cup-holders, wet bar, stewardess, crystal shot glasses, 6,000 mile range @ mach .9 with a touchpad cockpit,  infrared vision HUD (heads up display), programmable auto-pilot, auto throttle & auto brakes.

      I forgot to mention that, as you fly along @ mach .9 in your leather seat, drinking your cognac out of your crystal shot glass, eyeballing your stewardess in fishnet stockings, you can adjust the mood lighting on your smartphone.

      now, THAT my friend, is technology. !!!!!

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