An ambitious initiative for a large reusable hypersonic demonstrator will be considered by senior U.S. Force leaders amid wider industry concerns that, even if funded, the risky project may become a money pit, hampering rather than helping its longer-term progress. The high-speed reusable flight research vehicle (HSRFRV) concept calls for a vehicle larger than the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-led Blackswift Mach 6 demonstrator canceled in 2008, and forms part of a possible ...

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