US Air Force will use stealth missiles for hypersonic tests

The US Air Force will use stealth missiles for hypersonic testing. The US military signed a contract with Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies to refine the SARGE geophysical rockets for use as part of the creation of hypersonic weapons.

SARGE geophysical rocket has been developed by Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies since 2014. The main goal of this rocket is to bring various scientific equipment into suborbital orbit. Now the US military has offered the company to modify the device so that it can carry out its flights at speeds from 6 to 9 Machs.

The SARGE missile is 51 cm in diameter and 11 m in height. It is planned that SARGE should become a returnable missile, for this a parachute system with GPS-correction technology for reduction is installed in it.

Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies has now carried out four unsuccessful test launches of the SARGE rocket. It is planned that during successful testing the rocket will rise to a height of 80 km, after which it will descend back by parachute. While the height of the rise does not exceed 28 km.

Under the new contract, Exos Aerospace Systems & Technologies will create a glider with a wingspan of 15.2 m, which will be sent to a height of 12 km using another aircraft. Already there, the glider will rise independently to a height of 17 km and only on it will launch a SARGE rocket. Such a system will allow SARGE to develop hypersonic speed.

The US military will test new materials on the rocket, from which it is planned to create similar systems, speed sensors and various experimental technologies in the future.