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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    The Indian system has a reach of less than 2000 km and no mention of a carrier aircraft. That's not yet exactly on par with a global strike system.
    True but they have plans to extend its reach. The point is it already has an operational hypersonic missile and it can be launched by a submarine.

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    Talk of China developing an engine plant that could power low-cost planes or spacecraft capable of travelling five times faster than the speed of sound.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/socie...uce-hypersonic

    China is drawing up plans for an aerospace engine plant that would pave the way for the mass production of “hypersonic” planes or spacecraft capable of travelling at more than five times the speed of sound, boosting the country’s competitiveness in defence, space, business and other sectors, according to scientists familiar with the project.

    The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give the country an edge over the United States and Russia in the race to achieve large-scale applications of hypersonic technology, the scientists said.

    Hefei deputy mayor Wang Wensong led a delegation to the Institute of Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing last month to discuss the project’s roll-out, according to a statement on the institute’s website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    I believe the US is developing such systems. But other countries have it already in production like India.
    That's an Australian and US joint effort as the University of Queensland has been doing scramjet/ramjet research since the mid 1970's when I was there studying engineering.

    http://hypersonics.mechmining.uq.edu.au/
    https://www.eait.uq.edu.au/hypersoni...st-goes-rocket
    http://hypersonics.mechmining.uq.edu.au/hifire

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurieAG View Post
    That's an Australian and US joint effort as the University of Queensland has been doing scramjet/ramjet research since the mid 1970's when I was there studying engineering.

    http://hypersonics.mechmining.uq.edu.au/
    https://www.eait.uq.edu.au/hypersoni...st-goes-rocket
    http://hypersonics.mechmining.uq.edu.au/hifire
    Thanks for the links, so we have a mini race with scramjet/ramjet engines which includes USA/Australia, China, India, UK/Europe and Russia.

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    We've had that race since a long time. US, Australia (both together and independent), Europe and Russia were very active contenders more than a decade ago, and as LaurieAG shows it started way before that. A lot of the knowledge remained inside the research groups however; even 12 years ago the most advanced book on the subject didn't bring you all that far. You were quickly on your own if you did research into SCRAMjets, with a few bits and pieces to be gathered from basic publications made by other researchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    We've had that race since a long time. US, Australia (both together and independent), Europe and Russia were very active contenders more than a decade ago, and as LaurieAG shows it started way before that. A lot of the knowledge remained inside the research groups however; even 12 years ago the most advanced book on the subject didn't bring you all that far. You were quickly on your own if you did research into SCRAMjets, with a few bits and pieces to be gathered from basic publications made by other researchers.
    What we have now is the result of the years of research bering fruit. It is which team will pick the first fruit.

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    It's hard to compare something like Skylon to a missile anyway. Or different flight/speed regimes. All in all, these developments are much more interesting if they are not looked upon just as a race. I you forget the "race" aspect, the intercooler of REL alone is a small miracle.

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    From the BBC "China claims 'important breakthrough' in space mission shrouded in mystery"

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54076895

    Ever since China claimed success in the secretive launch of an experimental spacecraft, experts have been pondering over what it could be and what it did in space.

    The spacecraft - mounted on a Long March 2F rocket - was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China on 4 September and safely returned to Earth after two days in orbit.

    "The successful flight marked the country's important breakthrough in reusable spacecraft research and is expected to offer convenient and low-cost round-trip transport for the peaceful use of space," state-run Xinhua News Agency said on 6 September in a brief report.

    But unlike recent Chinese high-profile space missions, very few details have emerged about the vehicle and no visuals have been released.
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    Just a nitpick (which I hope I am right about), but I think that in practical terms, a space shuttle must almost by definition be hypersonic.
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