Real life Blackbird (or Javelin) disappears



The Pentagon along with its research agency DARPA (which also helped to create the internet) have been working on an aircraft that can travel anywhere in the world in under an hour, so that they can have a rapidly deployable military intervention force.  Yesterday was the second time in just over a year that a test aircraft disappeared/disintegrated.  The general concept of these aircraft is that they reach near orbital heights and then descend back into the thicker atmosphere.  The lack of atmosphere of course makes it a lot faster for the aircraft to move as friction is significantly reduced.  The main problem is the reintroduction into the atmosphere, doing so increasing the heat of the craft to past the temperature levels at which steel melts at.  Incidentally unlike what most people think the heat of re-entry does not come from friction but rather from compacting the atmosphere (I can't explain more as my knowledge of physics is somewhat lacking.)  Still it is interesting to consider that a staple of comic book super hero teams is still struggling to become a reality in real life. 
14 Comments
14 Comments
Posted by Loki9876

call beast he has the answer.

Posted by RazzaTazz
@Loki9876
I am sure if he was real DARPA would love to have his input
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@RazzaTazz: Slightly off topic but I thought CERN invented the internet?
Posted by RazzaTazz
@spiderbat87
As far as I know the internet was developed along two separate but related concepts.  Educational insititutions (and presumably CERN) helped to create the internet as way of easily sharing information.  DARPA on the other hand (in creating DARPAnet) was more interested in having a method of computers to communicate with each other in case of some sort of pre-emptive first strike attack on the US.  Both systems formed the basis for what we know of as the internet today. 
Posted by dondasch

An interesting concept, but at what point does the entire project become viewed as unfeasible and a money sink ?

Posted by RazzaTazz
@dondasch
No idea, though of course the advancements in military technology have given us regular people a lot of useful devices. 
Posted by TheSheepHerder

Interesting how they want an aircraft that can fly faster than Mach 3 and deploy troops as well.

Posted by teoP_ehT

interesting... 
 
@dondasch said:

An interesting concept, but at what point does the entire project become viewed as unfeasible and a money sink ?
My theory (being a conspisy theorist who doesn't believe anything he theorises) is that this whole thing is simply a cover for whatever  DARPA is really up to...
Posted by dondasch

@RazzaTazz No argument on that point.  Space exploration and military advancement have indeed provided many real world applications for us.
 
@teoP_ehT  Clearly, DARPA is working in conjunction with the Starjammers, possibly the Skrulls.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Put an A.P.B. out for these guys. 

Edited by CATPANEXE

...to be continued in X-Men #17?

Posted by stuamerica

Umm, the Blackbird was based on a real spyplane, the SR-71 Blackbird used by the USAF from '64 to '98 (and arguably still the fastest plane ever developed).  Though nowhere near as fast as "anywhwere in an hour", the retirement of the Blackbird in favor of drones and the reentry issue makes me question this project. 
Posted by Nova`Prime`
@stuamerica said:
Umm, the Blackbird was based on a real spyplane, the SR-71 Blackbird used by the USAF from '64 to '98 (and arguably still the fastest plane ever developed).  Though nowhere near as fast as "anywhwere in an hour", the retirement of the Blackbird in favor of drones and the reentry issue makes me question this project. 
The Blackbird was actually retired because spy satellites got better resolution photos (although I do think the U2 is still in service) and didn't run the risk of being shot down and have the pilot captured, they also were cheaper and didn't need to be refueled once it they were airborne. This project sounds more like Aurora to me and I guess we're still  taking pages from the Nazi play book
 
They already have something that can theoretically do the job, its called the Space Shuttle but the problem there is no where to land and disembark the troops. Technically they already have something that can do the same thing. There are thousands of Marines stationed on board a US Carrier and they are all over the ocean, they can project an Expeditionary Force in hours, only down side to that is the bad guy knows the Carrier is coming, the upside is you have air support and a means to get back. This boondoggle while a good idea to deploy anywhere rapidly is a waste because you leave that small force vulnerable and cut off from reinforcements or a line of retreat.
Edited by Awar

@razzatazz: Remours like that have been around since before the R-71 Blackbird was retired, There where even rumors back in the late 80's early 90's that a VTOL version capable of carrying up to 12 soldiers existed so they could fly into enemy territory and either H.A.L.O troops in or otherwise land and deploy/collect troops in areas impossible for slower and/or lower flying aircraft (Such as Globmasters, Hercules or Chinooks) to get to due to missiles and enemy fighter crafts!

They may build a newer version for troop-transport/rescue in the future but at the moment with the U-2 surveillance aircraft's, Satellites & Drone Aircraft it's highly doubtful they will build a new Blackbird plane for surveillance!