Nope, not some silly reference to the Man of Steel movie…..but rather something a littler more real than some cinematic crap.
I am an old fart and I remember the Cold War all too well. The arms race….build a bigger and better plane…or a tank…..or a bomb.
In my youth when in grade school we had nuke attack drills…..where the kids would get under their desks and cover their eyes and ears and wait for the blast. These were monthly drills….they were very scary for 8 or 9 year olds…..
Thankfully those days are behind us……a new world was born and we feel safer….at least against a nuke attack.
In today’s world things move at a faster pace…..and the necessities for delivering a nuke bomb is no exception…..
A rocket went up over the Australian desert on May 18, but this successful test launch was no ordinary feat: The experimental rocket hit a speed of Mach 7.5—or 7.5 times the speed of sound—qualifying it for “hypersonic” status, reports Gizmodo. Military scientists from the US and Australia teamed up on the project, called Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation, or HiFire. The goal, reports techradar, is to design an engine that flies at Mach 7, and Wednesday’s test is one in a series that will run through 2018. “It is a game-changing technology … and could revolutionize global air travel, providing cost-effective access to space,” says chief Australian scientist Alex Zelinsky, per AFP.
To put the feat in more concrete terms, the scientists say such an engine could make a trip from Sydney to London possible in a mind-boggling two hours. (Today’s travelers can figure on closer to 24 hours, factoring in connecting flights.) In fact, it would make any trip in the world much more manageable and make it far easier to put satellites in space. But Popular Science also takes note of the military applications: “With that much speed, it would be impossible for an enemy [to have enough time] to move anything on the ground after radar detected [a] plane, letting it either capture pictures immediately or drop bombs almost unimpeded.” The next test, in which the engine would separate from the booster rocket, is scheduled for 2017.
This is what the industry has come to……we now have a rocket that can deliver a nuke in the time it takes to pee…..
Ain’t progress great?