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Below are real informations from a research paper presented to US Air Force in 1996:

The SHAAFT (Supersonic/Hypersonic Attack Aircraft) is a dual stage hypersonic aircraft that fulfills future requirements (after 2025) for US Global Reach/Global Power. It is a mach 12 hypersonic aircraft that uses a "zero-stage" flying wing to stage at mach 3.5. It is designed for compatible use with a hypersonic missile, the SHMAC, and a transatmospheric (TAV) orbiter, the SCREMAR. These two components combine with the SHAAFT to form the S3 concept and allow for the fulfillment of the in-theater dominance and access to space mission requirements, respectively.
The propulsion system that is most likely used for hypersonic travel is a 'Pulse Detonation Wave Engine' (PDWE).
Liquid methane or liquid hydrogen is ejected onto the fuselage, where the fuel mist is ignited, possibly by surface heating.
(These engines produce the famous 'donuts-on-a-rope' contrails).

Here is my "Artist's impression" of the SHAAFT aircraft from the research paper description.

Textured and rendered in Bryce 4.

Comments and rates are welcomed :)
June 24, 2008
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Jun 24, 2008 7:30:01 pm
gorgeous modeling, works flawless with the scenary

by Whatthe Homepage »

Jun 24, 2008 8:15:35 pm
excellent work

by wrpspeed Homepage »

Jun 24, 2008 8:17:38 pm
awesome top notch work~!!!

by kimariehere Homepage »

Jun 24, 2008 8:25:13 pm
it's a bad, bad, motha (hush you mouth!)...;) shaaft...;)

great modeling, always great stuff from you...

by pakled Homepage »

Jun 24, 2008 9:38:50 pm
great model and image!

by geirla Homepage »

Jun 24, 2008 10:41:30 pm
A very realistic image of of superb flying machine!

by Tavia3D Homepage »

Jun 24, 2008 11:54:19 pm
Exceptional model.
Big render.

by Thandaluz Homepage »

Jun 25, 2008 3:54:59 am
Love your model!

by me109 Homepage »

Jun 25, 2008 5:15:40 am
Very fine work.

by TheBryster Homepage »

Jun 25, 2008 8:17:11 am
Interesting conceptual design idea!

by thecytron Homepage »

Jun 25, 2008 4:43:17 pm
Fantastic render! The modelling & texturing are well done. Nice work!

by Eugenius Homepage »

Jun 29, 2008 9:24:55 am
way cool spaceplane

by dcmstarships Homepage »

Jul 18, 2008 5:35:42 am
excellent piece of aviation/space art. well done.

by me109glen Homepage »

Dec 18, 2008 11:45:56 am
Takes me back to the "concept drawings" for aerospace craft from the last century. Your lines are crisp and there is a physical sense of power in the design. I love it!

by Cougashika Homepage »


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