Damn, there's been a lot of breakthrough into scramjet and hypersonics, and it all seem to be greatly accelerated thanks to that hypersonic wind tunnel.Chinese team test jet engine ‘able to reach anywhere on Earth within 2 hours’
Chinese scientists have built what they claim is a revolutionary plane engine for Mach 16 flight. An aircraft powered by the engine could reach anywhere in the world within two hours, they said.
- Prototype flown in hypersonic wind tunnel simulating flight conditions at nine times the speed of sound
- The ‘sodramjet’ engine could offer the biggest hope so far of commercial flight reaching hypersonic speed, the scientists say
I have heard rumours that the purpose of such research is to develop airbreathing hypersonic intercontinental cruise missiles, to complete nullify any ABM system in development which depend on exoatmospheric interceptors. DF-100 may in fact be a theatre range version of such a weapon.