planetesimal: So, it's vaporware? I don't doubt that they're working on something whizbang at Groom Lake or wherever, but this thing as described seems like hype.
hat_eater: At Mach 6, does your missile even need a payload?
Depends what you want to achieve. And if it is to hit the target at Mach 6 it needs plenty of thrust to keep its speed in denser parts of the atmosphere.
edgeways: So a bit over a mile per second?
It says being launched from a Mach 6 "platform", that doesn't necessarily mean that the jet is going Mach 6 when the missile is launched though, does it? At what speed are you safely able to launch (or let go of?) the missile?
There's zero need for a hypersonic spy drone in an era of ubiquitous NSA surveillance and global real time satellite imagery. There's only slight need for hypersonic strike capability where a stealth bomber is already 6 hours away from most potential targets around the globe.
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