Aerospace Systems Future Hypersonic Aircraft and Missiles, and Transatmospheric Vehicles

Conceptual hypersonic aircraft (Mach 8-10).
Hyper-X Airbreathing Propulsion Mach-10 Vehicle.
Sanger two-stage reusable space transportation system (Courtesy of Deutsche Aerospace).
Semi-reusable rocket launcher concept. The first stage is reusable. The expendable second stage is taken over from Ariane 5 (Courtesy of Aerospatiale).
Reusable SSTO and TSTO rocket launchers studied within the FESTIP Initiative: a) an SSTO concept, and b) a fully reusable TSTO concept (Courtesy of the European Space Agency).
Japanese H-II orbiting plane (HOPE) - an unmanned winged space vehicle which will be launched by an H-II rocket (Courtesy of the National Space Development Agency of Japan - NASDA).
Computer-aided design of the pathfinder rocketplane. A two-seat fighter-sized aircraft is powered by two Pratt and Whitney F100 engines and one kerosene/oxygen-burning RD-120 rocket engine. The aircraft is designed to take off with its turbofan engines, and climb to 30,000 feet where it meets a tanker. It then transfers about 130,000 lbs. of liquid oxygen from the tanker. After disconnecting from the tanker, the aircraft lights its rocket engine and climbs to about 80 mile altitude and Mach 12. By this time the aircraft is outside the atmosphere and can open its payload bay doors, releasing the payload with a small solid rocket upper stage, which delivers the payload to its intended orbit. the doors are then closed and the aircraft reenters the atmosphere. After slowing down to a subsonic speed, the turbofan engines are then restarted and the aircraft is flown to a landing field (Courtesy of Pioneer RocketPlane).

For additional information about the Center contact:
Professor Ahmed K. Noor
Director, Center for Advanced Engineering Environments

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