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In the United States showed a drone for space launches

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In the United States showed a drone for space launches

An unmanned aerial vehicle was presented in the United States, which is planned to be used as the first stage for launching small satellites into low-earth orbit. As "NPlus1" writes with reference to C4ISRNET, the device was developed as part of the program for the creation of a reusable spaceplane.


The American Defense Advanced Development Agency has announced a competition to create a system capable of launching a payload into space at least 10 times every 10 days. Moreover, the system should be reusable and relatively cheap.

The Ravn X drone developed by Aevum is 24,4 meters long with a wingspan of 18,3 meters. Maximum take-off weight - 24,9 tons, runs on conventional aviation fuel. As conceived by the developers, with the help of this device it is possible to provide space launches of small satellites every 3 hours. The drone will have to rise to an altitude of 9 to 18 thousand meters, from where it will launch a two-stage rocket, which will launch satellites into low orbit.

According to the company, the first flight of the new drone should take place before the end of 2021, and the first demonstration launch of a payload into space for the military is also planned next year.

Work on the new device has been going on since 2016, the company has not yet provided details of the development of the drone.
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  1. Hunter 2
    Hunter 2 4 December 2020 14: 22
    +1
    Hmm ... sadness. So we will Catch up and overtake America (c) Khrushch (so that the devils roast him for the Navy am ).
    UAV - Well, a very serious opponent.
    1. credo
      credo 4 December 2020 14: 30
      0
      Quote: Hunter 2
      Hmm ... sadness. So we will Catch up and overtake America (c) Khrushch (so that the devils roast him for the Navy am ).
      UAV - Well, a very serious opponent.

      In Russia, after all, they are also engaged in space shuttle, including for launching satellites, so let's see who will be the first.
      Another thing is that the presented shuttle seems to have a dual purpose. This means that the arms race will continue until one of the rival parties gives up.
      1. SovAr238A
        SovAr238A 4 December 2020 20: 44
        +4
        Quote: credo
        Quote: Hunter 2
        Hmm ... sadness. So we will Catch up and overtake America (c) Khrushch (so that the devils roast him for the Navy am ).
        UAV - Well, a very serious opponent.

        In Russia, after all, they are also engaged in space shuttle, including for launching satellites, so let's see who will be the first.
        Another thing is that the presented shuttle seems to have a dual purpose. This means that the arms race will continue until one of the rival parties gives up.


        What do they do? :))))))))))))))))

        Not a single shuttle has been in development for almost 40 years.
        and not planned ...

        students' layouts - it is not accepted to accept for development ...
    2. Civil
      Civil 4 December 2020 14: 38
      +1
      There is an explosive development of the "children's circle of aircraft modeling", and the responsible persons, who have missed the revolution in the UAV, drink themselves too much in state dachas. am evil takes as you remember "Energy-Buran".
    3. newcomer
      newcomer 4 December 2020 14: 39
      +3
      The Yankees are gearing up to counter our fighter satellites, I guess. It is logical to make up losses in satellites. But here: "At least 10 times in 10 days", and then: "the ability to provide launches every 3 hours" is not clear.
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 4 December 2020 14: 55
        +2
        Quote: newbie
        Yankees prepare to counter our companions

        Rather it is.
        Anti-satellite missiles / satellites can be launched.
      2. KCA
        KCA 4 December 2020 15: 03
        +2
        Something ours with the MiG-31D and the anti-satellite missile went quiet, for two years nothing has been heard
        1. SovAr238A
          SovAr238A 4 December 2020 20: 47
          0
          Quote: KCA
          Something ours with the MiG-31D and the anti-satellite missile went quiet, for two years nothing has been heard


          Well, it was in the 80s in the form of a layout.
          That's all.
          Although the American ASAT shot down a satellite back in the 80s, ours did not go further than the model.
          Now they again began to carry the "black model" under the guise of an anti-satellite missile ...
          But the trouble is that there were no developments and there are no.
          1. KCA
            KCA 4 December 2020 21: 24
            +1
            Come on? Straight from the 60s, the beginning of development, the USSR was not able to produce a single launch of an anti-satellite missile from a MiG-25 or a MiG-31? Delov, from a technological point of view, there is a carrier with a speed higher than 3MAX at an altitude of 20 + km, there is a rocket, there is a guidance system, what is the problem? Maybe they didn't tell you, but who are you? If smart, the disablement of all satellites on LEO is four TUBCHs, well, for a guarantee, of course, more, geostationary ones are more complicated, they are very far from each other, but they need repeaters that have already burned out on LEO. Do you personally know what kind of model they carried on the MIG-31D, what function it performed, and, suddenly, it took it and flew somewhere, but you were not shown?
            1. SovAr238A
              SovAr238A 5 December 2020 18: 37
              0
              Quote: KCA
              Come on? Straight from the 60s, the beginning of development, the USSR was not able to produce a single launch of an anti-satellite missile from a MiG-25 or a MiG-31? Delov, from a technological point of view, there is a carrier with a speed higher than 3MAX at an altitude of 20 + km, there is a rocket, there is a guidance system, what is the problem? Maybe they didn't tell you, but who are you? If smart, the disablement of all satellites on LEO is four TUBCHs, well, for a guarantee, of course, more, geostationary ones are more complicated, they are very far from each other, but they need repeaters that have already burned out on LEO. Do you personally know what kind of model they carried on the MIG-31D, what function it performed, and, suddenly, it took it and flew somewhere, but you were not shown?


              There were no launches.

              From a technical point of view, this is a serious problem.
              It is relatively easy to start the blank - but it did not work to create a guidance system for the blank and control it.
              Only one radio command missile guidance system.
              With the help of one station in the mountains of Karachay-Cherkessia.
              Accordingly, the satellite could only be shot down over the territory of the Soviet Union.
              No homing.

              The plane will not pick up any 3MAX with such a suspension. Do not confuse record aircraft with combat aircraft, especially with such suspension systems.
              And nothing flew anywhere.
              Everyone knows that. who was at least somehow interested in the topic.
              And not such "all-secretaries" as you, who with universal secrets and beliefs in secrecy ...
              All secret things Soviet officers learned from scan-slides of the Janes magazine.
              by the way.
      3. Cosm22
        Cosm22 4 December 2020 15: 54
        +3
        Actually, Alabama-based Aevum first announced that Ravn X could deliver satellites into space every 180 minutes.
        That it will be in real life - we'll see.
        According to Jay Skylus, CEO of Aevum, the company's system has many advantages.
        The UAV can take off from any runway with a length of 1,6 km. All engines (2 main-stage liquid-propellant engines each with a thrust of 2,3 thousand kg and 1 upper) have already passed firing, qualification and acceptance tests. In addition, the propellant for them is Jet-A. This jet fuel is in bulk at any US airport.
        Let's see ... The US military seems to be interested. Perhaps they are satisfied with the withdrawal of 100 kg PN to the SSO up to 500 km.
      4. Blackmokona
        Blackmokona 4 December 2020 15: 56
        -4
        "At least 10 times every 10 days"

        This is DARP's requirement
        the ability to provide launches every 3 hours

        And this is the company's statement.
        Do not confuse who and what claims.
        1. newcomer
          newcomer 4 December 2020 17: 55
          0
          I strongly doubt that within 3 hours this project will be able to take off, gain the required launch altitude of a rocket with a satellite, launch, return, refuel, take a technical look, take on board the next rocket with a satellite, take off and TD. Most likely, it means launching one piece at a time. with an interval of 3 hours.
          1. Blackmokona
            Blackmokona 4 December 2020 20: 29
            -2
            It is possible without a technical inspection.
            The prepared rocket can be automatically suspended immediately upon landing during refueling.
            You can start up right above the cosmodrome.
            It's just a descent, landing, refueling, takeoff, climb and launch. In 3 hours no problem
            1. newcomer
              newcomer 4 December 2020 21: 54
              0
              Without technical inspection, no one will give the go-ahead for takeoff, especially in intensive mode. This is only possible in theory.
              1. Blackmokona
                Blackmokona 4 December 2020 23: 15
                -2
                To give or not to give the go-ahead is only a decision, and not some kind of practical limitation.
          2. SovAr238A
            SovAr238A 4 December 2020 20: 52
            +1
            Quote: newbie
            I strongly doubt that within 3 hours this project will be able to take off, gain the required launch altitude of a rocket with a satellite, launch, return, refuel, take a technical look, take on board the next rocket with a satellite, take off and TD. Most likely, it means launching one piece at a time. with an interval of 3 hours.


            Many civilian planes, after landing after a 3-4 hour flight, simply clean in the cabin, and after 40 minutes take off further ... Again for a 3-4 hour flight.

            The entire modern trend of the future is the adaptation and use of perfectly polished commercial civilian technologies for the military and space.
            This promises colossal economic savings and overdevelopment of the military.

            And we have neither a citizen nor a military man ...

            We are 150 steps late every time.
            1. newcomer
              newcomer 4 December 2020 21: 59
              0
              The key here is civil courts. They do not have the same features and loads as a military airframe. And the trend is just the opposite_ the military is leading the technology forward. If suddenly, as you say, commercial civilians begin to adapt to the military, and not vice versa_ this is a kapets military scientific technological development.
              1. SovAr238A
                SovAr238A 5 December 2020 18: 06
                +3
                Quote: newbie
                The key here is civil courts. They do not have the same features and loads as a military airframe. And the trend is just the opposite_ the military is leading the technology forward. If suddenly, as you say, commercial civilians begin to adapt to the military, and not vice versa_ this is a kapets military scientific technological development.


                UAV engines come from civilian origin.
                Aircraft AWACS and PLO and RTR - come from a civilian.
                A new completely updated filling of the Patriot airborne missile system - comes from civilian life.

                This is a trend.
                DARPA programs for the use of civilian components and assemblies in military equipment - began 15 years ago - now they are coming to mass implementation.
      5. Mikle2000
        Mikle2000 4 December 2020 23: 52
        0
        10 times in 10 days is a technical task.
        Every three hours - the declared characteristics that exceed the requirements of the TK
  2. Fungus
    Fungus 4 December 2020 14: 22
    +4
    Lucky Americans. Chickens do not peck money. You can do a bunch of projects at once. The project will not work again, the money will be printed.
    1. credo
      credo 4 December 2020 14: 37
      -1
      Quote: Fungus
      Lucky Americans. Chickens do not peck money. You can do a bunch of projects at once. The project will not work again, the money will be printed.

      Judging by the situation in the United States, this luck is not for everyone, and money is not given out there for the right and the left.
      If everything were as you imagine, about a "bunch of projects", then communism would have come to the United States long ago, everyone would be provided with work, social benefits and other delights of paradise life, but for some reason in the USA themselves they try not to bring the situation to this and then everything is not as it seems.
    2. military_cat
      military_cat 4 December 2020 15: 43
      0
      Quote: Fungus
      Lucky Americans. Chickens do not peck money. You can do a bunch of projects at once. The project will not work again, the money will be printed.

      What prevents us from printing money and doing a bunch of projects with it?
    3. SovAr238A
      SovAr238A 4 December 2020 20: 54
      +1
      Quote: Fungus
      Lucky Americans. Chickens do not peck money. You can do a bunch of projects at once. The project will not work again, the money will be printed.

      you would be wondering how projects get into DARPA ...
      And then you are carrying such nonsense, blizzard, you are ours ...
  3. KCA
    KCA 4 December 2020 14: 30
    0
    Where is the drone? It was written, shown, but shown just a drawn picture, not even a cartoon
    1. Nasrat
      Nasrat 4 December 2020 14: 42
      +2
      Quote: KCA
      Where is the drone? It was written, shown, but shown just a drawn picture, not even a cartoon

      1. KCA
        KCA 4 December 2020 17: 30
        -2
        Do you really think that you can make an aircraft with such slick surfaces? Half plastic mockup show, half 3D rendering
    2. anjey anjey
      anjey anjey 4 December 2020 14: 42
      +2
      There is also such a photo:
      1. KCA
        KCA 4 December 2020 17: 08
        +2
        This is not a photo, this is a drawing, but beautiful
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  4. poquello
    poquello 4 December 2020 14: 39
    -1
    glider with a balloon of some kind
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 4 December 2020 14: 55
      +3
      Reactive UAV with a rocket under the belly.
      1. Object.F7
        Object.F7 4 December 2020 17: 52
        -1
        Mock up of a jet UAV with a mockup of a rocket under the belly
  5. Thrifty
    Thrifty 4 December 2020 15: 08
    +2
    They forgot to write that the US military has already signed a contract in their own interests with this company for a billion dollars for the delivery of military satellites into orbit. ..
    1. eklmn
      eklmn 4 December 2020 16: 58
      +1
      “The US Air Force selected Aevum to launch a $ 4,9 million satellite mission in 2021. Aevum has also been contracted for a commercial mission. ”
  6. rocket757
    rocket757 4 December 2020 15: 13
    0
    There is a request ... boom to see how it will be implemented.
  7. Thrifty
    Thrifty 4 December 2020 15: 13
    0
    I am proposing a utopian version, since no one in our country will implement it. Quickly demilitarize one MiG31, remove all unnecessary from it, and use it as a carrier of a light rocket with a satellite on board. The plane rose 30 kilometers, fired a rocket, in a few hours a new start is possible, and a new launch!
    1. SovAr238A
      SovAr238A 4 December 2020 21: 06
      0
      Quote: Thrifty
      I am proposing a utopian version, since no one in our country will implement it. Quickly demilitarize one MiG31, remove all unnecessary from it, and use it as a carrier of a light rocket with a satellite on board. The plane rose 30 kilometers, fired a rocket, in a few hours a new start is possible, and a new launch!


      MIG-31D - are you completely unfamiliar?
  8. APASUS
    APASUS 4 December 2020 15: 25
    +1
    Another fantastic idea?
    I counted 40 air launch projects before
    https://web.archive.org/web/20100704170711/http://www.astronautix.com/lvfam/airnched.htm
  9. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 4 December 2020 15: 47
    0
    Well done, what can I say.
    Ours, as it were, did so too, the theme was called "Wing", it seems that they even built a model. Only not so small, but maybe more, on a larger scale ...
    Then, however, the topic was closed, but now, it seems, there was information that they had resumed.
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 4 December 2020 15: 53
      +2
      We have a MiG 31B for such launches.
      1. SovAr238A
        SovAr238A 4 December 2020 21: 08
        0
        Quote: Vadim237
        We have a MiG 31B for such launches.


        There is nothing.
        There was a project MIG-31D, but then 1 piece with a mock anti-satellite missile, nothing went further ...
  10. fa2998
    fa2998 4 December 2020 17: 58
    +1
    Quote: credo
    In Russia, after all, they are also engaged in space shuttle, including for launching satellites, so let's see who will be the first.

    In Russia they do a lot of things, mostly they end up with drawings, models and cartoons, with such leaders of space, the Rogozins.
    And who is the first - the USA has more than once launched a Pegasus rocket into space from the same F-15. The only difference is an unmanned aircraft hiCatch up!
  11. Vlad Pervovich
    Vlad Pervovich 4 December 2020 22: 21
    -1
    Rogozin Jr. has gone over ...? repeat
  12. RNO
    RNO 5 December 2020 12: 40
    0
    unmanned aerial vehicles can fly around the clock and without refueling at all? I myself thought about something very likely ... that they can
  13. RNO
    RNO 5 December 2020 12: 48
    0
    unmanned aerial vehicle does not need rest, refueling
  14. RNO
    RNO 5 December 2020 12: 49
    0
    Hanging over the world for 1000 years will move the world