The Hypersonic weapon that makes the US tremble, and its possible, remote German origins

Ever since the Financial Times reported that China conducted two hypersonic tests over the summer, US officials have begun to seriously worry. After all, no nation in the world, except China, can launch a hypersonic weapon into space in an Antarctic orbit, that is, capable of making US defense systems perfectly useless by striking from the southern soft belly.

But the story isn't over.In a new report via FT , people familiar with the details of the July 27 test said that China launched an "orbital bombing system" rocket over the South China Sea as it moved at five. times the speed of sound. Pentagon experts aren't sure how China managed to fire a hypersonic gliding vehicle from the system while traveling at such speeds in space. It appears that China has mastered a technology that Russia and the US have yet to fully acquire.

The orbital bombing system could be a checkmate for the US as it flies over the South Pole, putting US missile defense shields out of reach. Furthermore, the system would be highly maneuverable, making it extremely difficult to kill.

FT reported last month that China conducted two hypersonic weapons tests, one on July 27 and the other on August 13. Both tests come as Beijing increases its nuclear capacity and position in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait and the Pacific.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denied reports that the country had tested a hypersonic weapon in space, saying it "was not a missile, it was a spacecraft." A hypersonic plane capable of flying into space, even if the Chinese embassies later denied the whole discourse on hypersonic weapons, speaking of American provocation.

"We are not at all interested in having an arms race with other countries," said Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the embassy. "In recent years the United States has invented excuses such as 'the Chinese threat' to justify the expansion of armaments and the development of hypersonic weapons."

Meanwhile, US Vice President of Chiefs of Staff General John Hyten told CBS News' David Martin last week that China's recent hypersonic missile test that went around the world "is a very significant capability that it has the potential to change many things ”. After all, such a weapon would mark Xi Jinping's checkmate for the American anti-missile defensive systems, which would become easily guilty.

Sanger Amerika Bomber

To tell the truth, the system does not seem to be of a totally new creation , but almost takes up a design dating back to the 1940s. In June 1935 and February 1936, Dr. Eugen Sänger published articles on the Austrian aviation publication Flug on rocket-propelled aircraft. This led to a request by the German High Command to build a secret aerospace research institute in Trauen to research and build its "Silverbird", a manned winged vehicle that could reach orbit. Dr. Sänger had been working on this concept for several years and in fact had begun to develop liquid-fuel rocket engines. From 1930 to 1935 he had developed (through countless static tests) a "regeneratively cooled (presumably cryogenic)" liquid propellant rocket engine that was cooled by its own fuel, which circulated around the combustion chamber. This engine produced an astonishing discharge rate of 3048 meters / second, compared to the 2,000 meters / second of the later V-2 rocket. Dr. Sänger, together with his staff, continued to work on the “Silverbird” in Trauen as part of the Amerika Bomber program.

Image by Joshua Holdwine

Sanger's "Silverbird" flight pattern consisted of a series of bounces on the stratosphere, just like the Chinese vehicle does

An extraordinary design similarity, which makes one think of some Chinese researcher who completed the research of the Nazi era, obviously with much superior means.

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