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 Supersonics2004-03-28 15:34
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So, NASA was successful with their X-43A supersonic test flight, reaching Mach 7. Which is good news for the scramjet technology, and opens the door to cheaper, less resource-intensive space vehicles.

But, hey, what about the Aurora black project? A strange triangular craft has apparently been making regular trips from Nevada to Scotland and back for a number of years. At Mach 6. Which ought to indicate that it was beyond the experimental stage. And it was funded with a number of billions of dollars, hidden away in the budgets. What's up with that? Who's that reserved for?


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28 Mar 2004 @ 16:55 by b : Aurora black
I have seen the triangular Aurora aircraft. I live not far from their base. They have been around since late eighties, 20th century. Designed, flown and built in USA by men. Aurora was built for the defense of planet Earth by USA. Aurora flies to the edge of the atmosphere and can fire missles into space against asteroids, meteors, comets that threaten to impact Earth.  


29 Mar 2004 @ 01:48 by Paul @209.179.250.77 : common sense speculation
I agree with you Ming. A long, long time ago in a town far far away called Tucson Arizona (1985), I was a young Aerospace Engineering student with dreams of working for NASA. Just a couple of years before this, the US Government declassified the SR-71 program. Here was a plane that was flying above Mach 3 in 1962! It was designed in the 1950's! Scramjet technology was being tested openly in the early 1960's, and then around 1967, the program mysteriously shut down, saying that the technology was not viable. Having been a real nerd back then, and studying everything I could on the subject, I quickly surmised that the more likely explanation was this research simply went underground, buried in increasingly large (unaccountable) black budget programs. It was my theory in 1985, that the US in all probability had fully operation (no longer being tests) Mach 6 - 10 scramjets in 1985. My fellow students and professors thought I was silly. But when I pointed out that they kept a tight lid on SR-71 for over 20 years, they admitted that what I said was compelling, but of course, fancy speculation.

Now, it's 2004, and NASA is testing this technology openly (again - lol). Who knows how declassification will happen. But I think Aurora will see the light of day, and it will be admitted that it was operational in the 1980's, just like SR-71 was in the early 1960's.  



29 Mar 2004 @ 11:37 by vibrani : Maybe
this is tied in with the Mars exploration - to test how the public can accept certain information?  


29 Mar 2004 @ 14:42 by Paul Hughes @209.179.52.77 : On Mars
ninharsag.. I have wondered about the release of Mars information too. It has always bothered me that Nasa FALSELY colors their images "red", when the Martian Sky is actually blue (most of the time). Why do they do this? Also, the mysterious failure of so many probes just days before reconaissance was a bit odd too. I think there is more going on Mars than NASA has felt comfortable releasing, and there is some evidence that a very fine-tuned campaigne of carefully released information is coming out to "prepare us" for something bigger. I am not surprised in the least, that now "life on mars" is being openly discussed at this point. I suspected the same at least 10 years ago.

Ming - great job at Future Hi - you have my gratitude. :-)  



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