Blackswift Doomed by Budget Cuts

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Funding cuts by lawmakers have doomed a hypersonic project named Blackswift that was to develop a long-awaited successor to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, reports Flight Global.

month slashes requested spending for the Mach 6-capable Blackswift Test Bed project from $120 million to $10 million.

The combined-cycle Blackswift demonstrator was scheduled to complete first flight in 2012. It should have reached a top speed of Mach 6 using a combination of a turbojet and a supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet). As a reusable aircraft, it should have been able to land and be ready to fly again after refuelling.

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