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Supersonic airplane for the Google Lunar X Prize

Published by Matt on Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:28 am via: ARCA
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ARCA presented today the project of a supersonic carrier airplane for the Google Lunar X Prize Competition. The airplane, called E-111, will launch the Haas II moon rocket from 16.000 m altitude and Mach 1,5.

E-111 program aims to create a supersonic high altitude airplane intended to extend ARCA’s HAAS II rocket launch capabilities in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, and for developing space tourism related technologies.

The typical flight sequence of this aircraft includes takeoff from the sea surface, followed by a horizontal acceleration at low subsonic speeds, followed by rapid ascension, in approximately two minutes, to the altitude of 48.000 feet. At this altitude the airplane will release the Haas II rocket, that will follow it’s own flight sequence. E – 111 without it’s attached payload will return in glided flight to the sea surface. E – 111 will have supersonic flight capability of Mach 1.5 at 48.000 feet, having Haas II rocket as payload, and as space tourism technology development platform, it will reach the speed of Mach 2.6 at 90.000 feet.

E-111 aircraft completion is scheduled for the middle of 2012, followed by the first takeoff at the end of 2012. First supersonic flight is estimated for the first half of the year 2013. Credit: ARCA

E-111 aircraft completion is scheduled for the middle of 2012, followed by the first takeoff at the end of 2012. First supersonic flight is estimated for the first half of the year 2013. Credit: ARCA

The aircraft will have a crew of two persons, the pilot and the navigator, aiming to become the first Romanian supersonic airplane. The aircraft cabin is detachable and is equipped with two rocket propelled parachutes. As such the cabin can be separated form the aircraft at speeds between Mach 0-1.2 and heights above 300 feet and can return the crew safely on the sea surface.

The geometric and weight data of the aircraft are not disclosable.

E-111 aircraft completion is scheduled for the middle of 2012, followed by the first takeoff at the end of 2012. First supersonic flight is estimated for the first half of the year 2013.

6 Comments
Northrop/McDonnell Douglas called, they want their YF-23 airframe back. ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YF-23

Seriously, how do the ARCA people convince their investors to give them money for their endeavours?
I'd go for money laundering.
Yeah... I'd like to take some notes.

If they were proposing using an old Mig-29 or the like airframe, it might be believable.
I`d like to take some notes to your post.
ARCA is a non-guvernamental agengy....He have a lot of sponsors very important in Romania.E 111 using a new tegnology ...The members of ARCA use for combustible the H2O2 85%...For more information please visit the official site... https://www.arcaspace.com ... Hai Romania
Right, it looks extremely similar to YF-23 (but this means that at least it's tested).
They've actually started building it and they hope to finish the frame by November. They're reporting on their progress here: http://www.arcatv.com/, a few times a week. Feels like watching How It's Made :)
Should get pretty interesting when they get to installing equipment and stuff.
Hope they can pull it off.
Now that I took a closer look, it only resembles YF-23 if seen from above, from below it seems quite different. And it has a rocket engine ...
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