Research is underway on a hypersonic transport vehicle capable of delivering a 12,000-lb. payload 9,000 naut. mi. in less than 2 hr. A technology demonstrator could be ready to fly as early as 2007. A Hypersonic Test Vehicle-1 model, designated Falcon, recently completed a series of technology simulations in Arnold Engineering Development Center's (AEDC) Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 complex in White Oak, Md. The Air Force Research Laboratory Air Vehicles Directorate (AFRL) at ...

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