A Lockheed Martin executive recently hinted that the SR-72, the hypersonic successor to the SR-71 Blackbird, may already exist.
The executive said that new design tools and more powerful computers created a “digital transformation” that helped bring about “the aircraft you see there” before he showed a slide of it.
It’s still unclear whether the aircraft exists, and how far Lockheed has progressed in developing it.
A Lockheed Martin executive hinted at a recent aerospace conference that the SR-72, the hypersonic successor to the SR-71 Blackbird, may already exist, according to Bloomberg.
Jack O’Banion, a vice president at Lockheed’s Skunk Works, made mysterious comments about the ultra-secret project at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual SciTech Forum.
O’Banion said that new design tools and more powerful computers brought about a “digital transformation” and “without [that] digital transformation, the aircraft you see there could not have been made,” Bloomberg’s Justin Bachman reported, adding that O’Banion then showed a slide of the SR-72.
This digital transformation reportedly gave Lockheed the ability to design a three-dimensional scramjet engine. Scramjet is a kind of ramjet air-breathing jet engine where combustion happens at supersonic speeds.
O’Banion said that five years ago Lockheed “couldn’t have made the …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Technology