Hypersonic Boost-Glide Weapons

  title={Hypersonic Boost-Glide Weapons},
  author={James M. Acton},
  journal={Science \& Global Security},
  pages={191 - 219}
  • J. Acton
  • Published 2 September 2015
  • Engineering
  • Science & Global Security
The United States, Russia and China are developing hypersonic boost-glide vehicles. A simple model of their trajectory is developed by assuming that the vehicle does not oscillate during the transition to equilibrium gliding. This model is used to analyze U.S. Department of Defense data on test flights for the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2. This glider's lift-to-drag ratio—a key performance parameter—is estimated to be 2.6. The model is also used to calculate the tactical warning time that a… 

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