Image : X-51 Wave Rider USAF
HYPER-SONIC STRIKE IS DEAD
Earlier PWSP2 speculated about using Hyper-sonic aircraft for rapidly inserting tactical forces almost anywhere in the world. You can read about it here - http://powerfromspace.blogspot.com/2010/10/pwsp-20-hypersonic-strike-planes-near.html
What if there were another vehicle that could be used.What if there were a vehicle that had a re-use able launcher that could push a second stage payload to over 100,000 feet and throw it into space. Where second stage booster rocket would blast it into sub-orbital/orbital orbit. It would be able to reach any where on earth within reason - along the equator in under 30 minutes on orders for PONTUS.
It would for example be able to drop a crewed capsule towards the earth that carried a team of seven - or perhaps even a payload. It would uses propulsive landing rockets to guide to its destination. It would of course land in darkness; and off course, require a heat shield that did NOT glow brightly.( Some work needed here )
Spacex Dragon - 7 Man crew Rev 1.0
As re-usable launcher, As capsule that could land propulsively, a vehicle that could drop a team of seven....almost anywhere. ( Those ...