Step into the future with me, won’t you? Lockheed Martin has just unveiled the hypersonic aircraft to take part in service.
To put this into perspective: Lockheed’s last aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird, could reach speeds three times the speed of sound. The Blackbird was the fastest aircraft in the world.
The newest Lockheed Martin creation, the SR-72 ‘Son of Blackbird’, will be twice as fast — that’s Mach 6 for those that are wondering.
An Unmanned Spy Plane
Lockheed is still in the process of creating the SR-72 aircraft, but the company envisions this plane as being completely unmanned. This aircraft will also be considered a warplane, which means that it may have missiles on board. These missiles would be extremely accurately guided weapons that work in conjunction with Lockheed’s own GPS software.
A recent press release by the Lockheed staff lets us in on just how mind-blowing this new spy plane will really be:
“…Hypersonic aircraft, coupled with hypersonic missiles, could penetrate denied airspace and strike at nearly any location across a continent in less than an hour…” the release reads.
That means that this spy plane can dart in and out of restricted airspace largely undetected, launch a few high-targeted missiles, and return to its launching base. Don’t forget, too, that there won’t be any military presence onboard this unmanned aircraft.
Is your mind blown yet?
Incredibly Accurate GPS Technology
Connecting GPS trackers with spy planes isn’t something that most of us do regularly, but the military uses GPS technology around-the-clock for a number of different purposes. The latest spy plane from Lockheed simply pushes the envelope where unmanned planes, GPS tracking, and speed is concerned. This aircraft looks really cool too.
Lockheed expects the plane to be ready to fly by 2030. That sounds like a long time from now, but there’s also the possibility that the company could produce the plane prior to that estimated date.
That’s what’s happening in the world of aircraft and GPS today – pretty amazing, right?
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