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Old 09-07-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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NASA shells out award for 'ninja star' supersonic plane design




NASA has awarded a $100,000 grant for the development of a ‘ninja star-shaped’ plane capable of supersonic travel. The groundbreaking aircraft is capable of turning at 90 degree-angles mid-flight, transforming it into a supersonic jet. The creators of the new plane have designed it to fly like a normal aircraft, but upon reaching supersonic atmosphere levels the craft rotates, and then flies at twice the speed of sound. "We are inventing the ways in which next-generation aircraft and spacecraft...
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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That is cool!
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Here.
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I guess the folding-wing design wasn't expensive and complicated enough?
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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"The planned plane design is still a work in progress, and is not expected to see a working model for at least a few decades"

I probably won't be here or wont be cognizant enough to care.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm gonna be around forever... Plus I expect new developments with the new plane that won't be thought of by then.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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Another possibly maybe plane....

Lippisch P.13b
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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Whatever happened to the BWB?

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I came across something by somebody who sounded like he knew what he was talking about:

The dimpled golf ball or spoilers on cars, results in lower drag. OK, suppose they put dimples in the skin of a plane? How about that?

BTW, I saw a couple of BMBs in the Wikipedia, and I got the impression from other sites that looked like they were working on new designs.
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:48 PM
 
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Flyray Project:


FlyRay Project - YouTube
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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Boeing 797 - Boeing Y3-Ecoliner,Boeing 747-1000 Y Boeing 999 or Blended Wing 797 Fact or Fiction? - YouTube
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